FOOD Soda, water bottles are meant for single use
Q: I've heard that it is not wise to reuse individual serving bottles of water or soda. Is this true?
A: Yes, you are advised to not reuse the water or soft drink bottles, even if you do thoroughly clean them.
The reason is that the plastic used, Polyethylene terephthalate, is developed and intended for single use only. The plastic in these bottles may break down with repeated use and leach into your water. It's better to invest $6 to $10 and purchase water bottles that are designed for reuse. These are a much more durable plastic.
Sue Kosharek, of Rochester, is a registered dietitian in private practice. Questions for Nutrition Briefs should be sent to the Food section, Post-Bulletin, 18 First Ave. S.E., Rochester, MN 55904. Questions can be left on the Nutrition Hotline on City Line, 252-1111, category 5100, and questions will be forwarded to columnists. You also may e-mail questions to email@example.com.