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Revealed -- why you should stop drinking bottled water

Written by Poorva Chavan |Published : January 16, 2015 5:09 PM IST

Do you tend to consume too many bottles of packaged drinking water? Here's a good reason to stop doing so. A study performed at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) reveals that you are exposed to a host of harmful chemicals when you drink packaged water. (Read: Bottles up warm water could lead to ill health)

How was the study conducted?

The study was carried out at 18 different bottled water companies in Mumbai, where 5 samples of 1 litre bottles were analysed.

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Which harmful chemicals were found in the samples?

The study revealed the presence of harmful chemicals like bromate in samples where 1 litre of packaged water contained 27% bromate. (Read:Warning: Avoid reusing plastic mineral water bottles!)

How does packaged water harm your health?

Drinking of packaged water with high amount of bromate could cause diseases like cancer, stomach infection and hair fall.

What is the limit of exposure?

Ideally, only 10% bromate is supposed to be present in bottled water and, according to WHO, only 4 mg of bromate is needed for packaged water. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that they will go through the report and will take necessary steps to make packaged water safer for consumption.

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