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Biggest Headline of 2008: Nalgene and BPA

For fitness fanatics and nature lovers, owning a Nalgene water bottle was as essential as a sports bra — a must-have to stay hydrated and reduce your plastic footprint. For years it seemed like there was a Nalgene bottle next to every machine at the gym. Then the scare hit.

The chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA) used to make these polycarbonate bottles was found to possibly cause cancer, UTIs, and early puberty in preliminary animal studies. Other research showed that exposure to BPA was also linked to diabetes and heart disease. Women were worried because it was suspected to affect fertility and the development of babies.

Many people stopped using their Nalgenes immediately, replacing them with stainless steel (Klean Kanteen), aluminum (Sigg), or BPA-free water bottles. Folks who felt bad about adding to landfills found new uses for their bottles as lanterns.

So what did Nalgene do? To find out

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Even though Nalgene refuted that its products were harmful to humans, the company reacted quickly by designing a BPA-free water bottle. BPA is still found in some plastic baby bottles and the lining of cans, although many government agencies feel the risk is nothing to worry about. Many experts believe that the amount of BPA humans are exposed to is too small to cause any harm, and further evaluation is necessary.

I agree with Tufts professor and researcher Dr. Ana Soto, who says, "We cannot wait that long to discover whether this chemical is harming human reproduction and development." If there is even a slight chance BPA could negatively affect humans, why take the risk? Do you agree, or will you continue to use BPA products until scientists declare this chemical a definite risk?

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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
BPA comes out of Nalgene bottles most heavily when the bottle is heated...so it's a no-no for baby bottles, but for my cold water or lemonade, I'm ok with it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I also agree that this whole thing was blown WAY out of proportion. BPA doesn't leach out of plastic bottles unless they're exposed to extreme temperatures, so unless you're putting your Nalgene bottles in the dishwasher and then filling them directly with water or freezing them with water in them before drinking them, you're probably ok. As long as you take care of your Nalgene bottle by washing it in mild soapy water and rinsing it well, it's fine. Also, there's only a finite amount of BPA in any plastic, so once it's all leached out, there's none left in there to keep building in your system. It's not like the bottles regenerate BPA for life and keep leaching it into your system.
magalaya magalaya 8 years
I agree with all the comments that have been posted on this. Though I definitely think that more often than not, it's better to be safe than sorry, I feel like the risk was blown out of proportion especially seeing that it wasn't really something that was widely publicized in the main stream news media. I figure that if BPA was REALLY risky, companies would be recalling all their BPA products...and they haven't. So until then, I'll continue to use my BPA Nalgene bottle. And besides, everything gives you cancer these days..
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Oh yeah, because you can always trust what government agencies say... :oy: Research shows that BPA becomes like an evil twin of estrogen; because it blends so easily into our system, it can turn on and off our bodies defences against cancer. Since BPA is a huge industry (aka, bringing in the big bucks) companies/the government hasn't stopped production. The "little evidence" is the perfect excuse for those companies to continue using the chemical. I use a Klean Kanteen bottle, microwave food in a glass bowl and stay away from as many canned products as possible. I will not wait until the agencies tell the people about the dangers because by that time BPA will already have a stronger effect on our body.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Honestly, the only place I read anything about this was on here, so I don't think it was that big of a story in the grand scheme of things. I agree with ilanac, I think that those who are concerned about BPA generally make it a bigger issue than the evidence supports at this juncture. Is BPA bad for us? Possibly. But this was overhyped on Fit, IMO.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
everything causes cancer ;/.
yadiet yadiet 8 years
i need to become a fitness fanatic.. HELP
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Maybe it should have, but this didn't scare me so much. I still use my old Nalgene and don't worry about what it might or might not be doing to me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that it's always good to be safe than sorry -but i wonder if it's a good thing to scare everyone without having full information. every time we are told that there's a 'chance' that something could harm us - people freak out and there's chaos. i think that they did the right thing and fix the product - and i guess that we'll just have to wait and see if any studies are substantiated in the coming years.
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