[FACT OR FAKE #12] Don't Drink Bottled Water Left in Your Car

The real truth about the viral post on Facebook about bottled water in car & cancer.

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Viral post, "Bottled water in your car is very dangerous", spotted all over Facebook!

A screen shot of the viral post by the RawForBeauty's FB page.

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This is what the viral post by "Rawforbeauty" reads, "Bottled water in your car is very dangerous! People should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car." [CLICK TO SEE]

The post further reads, "The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue."

FAKE: How true is the claim?

False as claimed, though research into potential health hazards associated with disposable water bottles is ongoing

Plastic bottles of the type used for packaging commercially marketed drinking water in the U.S. are regulated by the FDA as "food contact substances" and held to the same safety standards as food additives.

Rolf Halden of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has expertly debunked the rumour linking plastic bottles to cancer. According to Halden the claim is an urban legend.

He explains that: Freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins in plastic, and we don't think there are.

Impacts of plastic food containers reacting to heat

Juliette Scarfe is one of a growing number of people who are turning their backs on plastic bottles, plastic-lined tin cans and anything edible that comes in plastic packaging.

The compounds on which most concerns have focused are Bisphenol A, which is used in tough polycarbonate products and epoxy resins that line tin cans, and a group of plastic softeners called phthalates.

Research has shown that these compounds can leach from plastics into the food and drinks that we consume - more so if they are heated to high temperatures.

A chemical widely used in plastics and food-can lining - which has been linked to cancer and labelled a toxic substance in Canada - has been linked to weight gain and diabetes.

Alternative to plastic? Use stainless steel flasks

Use stainless steel flasks

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