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Scientists discover shocking contaminants in bottled water using innovative microscope tech.

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TLDR:

  • Scientists used a new microscope technology to analyze bottled water and found a high amount of contaminants.
  • The study revealed that plastic particles smaller than a micrometer could be entering our bodies through bottled water consumption.

Researchers from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health recently conducted a study using a novel microscopic method to analyze popular bottled water brands for nanoplastics. The results were alarming, showing that a liter of water could contain up to 240,000 detectable plastic fragments, much more than previously believed. These tiny plastic particles, smaller than a micrometer, can easily enter our bodies and pose a threat to our health.

The particles detected in the study, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and nylon, may be potentially harmful once inside our bodies. The impact of these particles on our health, particularly on the endocrine system, requires further analysis. While using reusable glass containers and finding alternatives to single-use plastic products can help reduce plastic consumption, more research is needed to understand the full extent of nanoplastics in bottled water.

Overall, this study sheds light on a previously unknown area of concern and underscores the importance of minimizing plastic waste and consumption to protect our health and environment.

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