Bottled water often has a slight plastic taste. Does this mean I am ingesting microscopic plastic particles?

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Bottled water often has a slight plastic taste. Does this mean I am ingesting microscopic plastic particles?

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Particles, I don’t think so. Chemicals from the plastics – maybe. Likely all due to osmosis or from chemicals which would have been used to clean the plastic. Sorry I can’t eli5 more than that.

You are injesting tiny amounts of microplastics. However this plastic will just go straight through your digestion system without doing any harm. The plastic used for things like drinking bottles are specifically selected because there is no way they can interfere with your body. There are actually quite few plastics which can interfere with any biological processes as plastic generally is very chemically stable.

Are you sure you aren’t tasting the added minerals?

The bottling process often adds magnesium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, KCl, and perhaps one or two others for taste. Try distilled to compare a change in taste, but you’re likely not ingesting microplastics.

Yes. But not from the plastic bottle. From all the other plastics we’ve let contaminate our environment. But that doesn’t affect the taste. Like another post mentioned, probably chemicals from the bottle that affects the taste

Don’t worry about the microplastics you are ingesting. Also, do not worry about the microplastics you are breathing in.
https://www.sciencealert.com/microplastics-are-now-spiralling-around-the-globe-in-the-air-we-breathe