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Old 03-06-08, 01:16 AM   #1
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Flexible plastics linked to cancer

Has anyone heard the news on the chemicals used to make flexible plastics (such as those used in making water bottles) being linked to cancer? I noticed after as little as 15 - 20 minutes my water will start taking on the plastic taste of the bottle. The concentration must add up over years and years. Maybe a famous bicyclist or two will get cancer and we'll all wonder. Maybe some day.
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I've already suspected this for years... plastic taste is no good.
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Its not as simple as whether the plastic is flexible or not. PVC is the main culprit here. Its a health hazard on many levels. Most cycling water bottles are made from low density polyethylene (LDPE) which along with PETE haven't had any adverse findings against them for food/beverage use.

You should also note that the very rigid Nalgene bottles are made from polycarbonate which has also had adverse health findings made against it.

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so what kind of water bottle is safe?
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You should also note that the very rigid Nalgene bottles are made from polycarbonate which has also had adverse health findings made against it.
Ah. I assumed that because I never tasted any difference with my nalgene, it was safe, but that's interesting.
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I've seen things against the plastic and things saying it's not true. On both sides some very intelligent people. It's hard to know what is true.
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Plastic is safe,

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HA! Yeah. I always try to look and see who sponsored the testing. Sometimes it's just laughable.
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Plastic bottles also harbor a lot of bacteria.

I recently purchased a stainless steel water bottle from a local health food store - they're becoming commonly available as people wake up to the problems associated with plastics.
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