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

Yes, the taste of plastic probably means you are ingesting them; yes they are bad for you (although more research is needed as to how bad).

Frankly I am stunned that any commenter would suggest otherwise.

https://time.com/5581326/plastic-particles-in-bottled-water/

I don’t know why nobody brought up the plasticizers. Basically plastic by nature is a hard brittle substance combined with a soft tough one. These plasticizers like bisphenol-a (BPA) make the plastic flexible. They also have an estrogenic effect in the body and disrupt the endocrine system. There was a big stink a few years ago and bpa was removed from many things and replaced with other placticizers which also have the same effect on the body but have the advantage of being able to be sold with tags that say BPA free. BPA was singled out because of its common usage. So the best way to avoid it is…I guess time machine?

Bottled water likely does not contain microplastics as others are saying.

What you are tasting is likely additives in the plastic leeching out. Additives for food-contacting plastics are usually non-toxic

Source: i injection mold for a living

Microplastic is basically everywhere now, there is literally no avoiding it, so it doesn’t really matter

The main thing is, you don’t like the taste. Weather something is safe or not can change like the weather.

Get a good single walled stainless steel water bottle, you wont have issues again. Nalgene / Clean Canteen both make great products.

I had a bad tasting batch of Costco bottled water and was told its part of the filtering process – Every bottled water has that particular plastic taste but usually they let the bottled waters sit for some time and the taste goes away but with the pandemic for some time they were shipping as soon as they bottled it.
so no, its not plastic you are tasting but something during the filtering/mineral adding process.