Is it Safe to Drink Bottled Water Left in Your Car?
Here’s a message that you may have seen on your Facebook page that I recently saw on mine and I just want to set the record straight:
“Do Not Drink Water Bottles Left in the Car. This information was given to me by my husband and I know all the ladies in my life should know and please forward it to all the ladies in your life.
My husband has a friend whose mother recently got diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor told her women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The doctor said that the heat and the plastic of the bottle have certain chemicals that can lead to breast cancer. So please be careful and do not drink that water bottle that has been left in a car and pass this on to all the women in your life.”
Thanks to snopes.com, a website dedicated to verifying or debunking information, we discover that “heating up some types of plastic bottles could increase the leaching of harmful phthalates into the fluids they contain.” Notice it says “some types” of water bottles? Plastic water bottles do not fall into that category so it would seem that we have an urban legend on our hands here. I think the worst thing that could happen if you left bottled water in your car and it got warm as the temperature in the car increased, is that you’d end up having to drink warm water. Most people don’t enjoy that.
Just keep in mind when you see these types of messages on social media or in your e-mail that it may or may NOT be true. It’s best to verify the information before buying it hook, line and sinker. I fine that Snopes.com is a great resource to find the truth out about most of these messages.