Most of us have the habit of collecting receipts especially the ones coming from Automated Teller Machines (ATM). Although we are instinctively doing it for own benefit, did you know that it may actually lead your health to some dangers?
This is because a recent study finds out that those people taking ATM receipts are most likely to have increased level of Bisphenol A (BPA) found in urines.
Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that could be found in hard plastic and canned materials, it has been used in certain plastic and resins since the 1960s. BPA could also be found in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins which are often used in food container storage like plastic water bottles and consumer goods.
Other study shows that exposure to BPA might give health side effects on the brain, behaviour, and prostate glands of fetus, infants, and children. Some research also suggests possible link of BPA to increased blood pressure.
Just recently, it was discovered that BPA is now being used in special papers mostly used for ATM and POS-machines receipts often distributed in markets. The study therefore concluded that a lot of people are actually getting their bare hands on those papers with BPA.
Experts suggest not letting this industrial chemical get in to your bare hands and if you could not avoid holding such kind of paper, better use gloves to avoid its possible health risk.
Below are some of expert’s suggestions on how to reduce BPA exposure:
- Try to look for and use BPA-free products, a lot of manufacturers are now creating products without using BPA to avoid spreading its harmful effect. Just look for the “BPA-free” label in the products you are about to buy.
- Reduce your canned good consumption since most cans are lined with BPA-containing-resin.
- Instead of plastic, use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids.
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Source: Central Readers