Plastic water bottles houses more bacteria than your toilet seat, study claims

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They are far more dangerous than you think!

Plastic water bottles have been used for many decades already and many people prefer them because of convenience and cost. But did you know that drinking from plastic water bottles is risking you to a host of harmful bacteria that has been associated to pneumonia, skin infection, and blood poisoning?

An experiment administered by TreadmillReviews.net showed results that these plastic water bottles contain moisture-loving bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella on their spouts and caps.


A specific type of water bottle, the slide-top ones, is found to be the worst type out there, having an average of more than 900,000 colony-forming units per square centimeter (CFU/sq cm). It carried the the most gram-positive cocci which are considered to be the most detrimental bacteria. The squeeze-top bottles, on the other hand, contained 162,000 CFU/sq cm while screw-top ones had about 160,000 CFU/sq cm.

The type which had the least bacteria in the test was the straw-top water bottles. The reason for its low bacteria count is because water drips down to the bottom of the straw instead of staying on the surface to attract moisture-loving bacteria.

It was suggested by the Missouri-based website that opting for a straw-top bottle is less dangerous as they have low count of bacteria and germs.

"Based on our test results, we suggest opting for a straw-top bottle, both for the low prevalence of bacteria and the lack of harmful germs," TreadmillReview.net said.

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