Many people buy bottled water at a higher price, assuming it is healthier, cleaner and safer than tap water, but new consumer reports reveal that water in a Bottle is not really a better choice.
A test conducted by nonprofit Center for Environmental Health finds that two bottled water brands - Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods - contain levels of arsenic that are higher than tap water, violating state guidelines as a result. "Bottled water companies need to take the necessary steps to remove this toxic metal from their products, and retailers should stop selling them now".
On Friday, Keurig Dr Pepper announced it will be withdrawing Penafiel products from shelves due to "presence of violative levels of arsenic", a press release from the Food and Drug Administration stated. The toxic can reportedly cause cancer and reproductive harm, per the release.
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Studies also show that high levels of arsenic can cause organ damage and hormone disruption, especially in children as their bodies are still developing. The Centers for Disease Control says arsenic can cause an increased risk of diabetes and hypertension, with symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, numbness or even paralysis. CEH didn't disclose the arsenic levels in its tests.
An independent lab found levels of arsenic above the FDA limit of 10 parts per billion in the water, which is imported from Mexico.
Despite its popularity, bottled water might not be as safe as you think.