What do you do when the cashier hands you a paper receipt?
For many of us, we just stuff it into in our wallet or pants pocket without a second thought.
According to a new study, BPA (still used in the manufacturing of many cash register paper receipts) is transferred from the paper to the skin even after only handling it for only a few seconds.
According to new study published in the Journal of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry BPA is easily transferred to the skin even after handling the receipt for only a few seconds.
This is especially bad for men since BPA, the chemical used in the manufacturing of many plastic products has been linked to infertility, sperm damage, hormonal imbalance, low testosterone, obesity, diabetics and heart disease in men.
This is particularly bad news, especially considering an Environmental Working Group (EWG) report found that many cash-register receipts contain up to 1,000 times more BPA than detected in the lining of metal cans.
Interestingly, the researchers of these study also found that when the hands were greasy (from body oil or moisturizer) the BPA was transferred up to 10 times more.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer even increased the absorption into the skin.
How to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA?
Avoid receipts like the plague.
If you have to touch the receipt handle it as little as possible and preferably with clean dry hands. Wash with soap and water as soon as possible after.
Cash-receipts are just one of many items which have been shown to have a negative impact on male virility and health.
Do you know the others?