Study: Drinking From The Same Water Bottle 2x Like Drinking From A Toilet

Reusable water bottles are good for the environment, but unless you clean them extremely often, they might not be so good for your health. Research carried out by Treadmill Reviews finds that straw-top bottles were covered in 25 colony-forming units of bacteria per square centimeter (CFU/ sq cm) which is only two square centimeters less than the average toilet seat at home.  Slide-top bottles contained 933,340 colony-forming units of bacteria per square centimeter, while squeeze-tops contained 161,971, and screw-tops contained 159,060. To put this in perspective, the average dog toy has just 2,937 colony-forming units of bacteria per square centimeter. Researchers write, “Surprisingly, 99 percent of the germs on the squeeze-top bottles and 98 percent of germs on the screw-top bottles are the bad kind– gram-negative rods (of which E. coli is one example.) These types of germs have been known to cause conditions such as pneumonia and blood infections in health care settings, and they can even resist antibiotics.” To stay healthy you should consider using a stainless steel bottle over a plastic one, and be sure thoroughly wash bottles after every use. (Daily Mail)