Does Japan know something we don't, about BPA's in paper receipts and in aluminum cans? Why did Japan phase out BPA use over 10 years ago?
BPA's are dangerous chemicals that mimic estrogen in our bodies. A study just published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology says people handling receipt paper often, like store clerks, are at a high risk for BPA exposure. (If you are a cashier, consider using gloves.)
BPA's, also known as Bisphenol A, are chemicals that act like estrogen and can cause hormonal imbalances, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles and they have been linked to problems with reproduction and sexual development. Even behavioral and developmental problems in young children and some kinds of cancer have been linked to BPA exposure.
Should you care about cash register receipts? YES! This is another easy way to avoid excess exposure to BPA's. If you don't need the receipt don't touch it. Also always wash your hands before eating just in case you've been exposed to BPA's which can be found in many paper products, including toilet paper, tickets, food wrappers, newspapers and napkins.
If you are a woman constantly having mood swings, PMS, menstrual cramps and menstrual irregularities consider the paper you touch everyday and if you don't need it, don't touch it. Sometimes it is the small things in life that can make a big difference in our health. Be Well.
Sources: Kannan, K. Environmental Science and Technology, Sept. 23, 2011.