Surprising Ways We’re Exposed to BPA
Turns out it’s not just canned food and bottled water we have to worry about—which we kind of new anyway, but this is no less easier to hear. In addition to customer receipts at chain store, a new study shows that:
“Higher exposure was correlated with exposure to cashier receipts, cigarette smoke and the family of chemicals known as pthalates, which are used in plastics, fragrances and many other common household products.”
BPA, in case you don’t know, is an estrogen-mimicking chemical found in some plastics and can linings, as well as a whole host of other things we come into contact with on a regular basis. It’s virtually impossible not to have some exposure to it, which is why some legistlators—and Canada—is moving to ban the stuff outright.
A few other highlights from the study, according the The Daily Green:
—Choice of organic produce made no difference in BPA levels.
—Women who were cashiers had the highest concentrations.
—Elevated levels also were seen in women who smoked cigarettes and women exposed to phthalates.
Another reason to not wear synthetic perfumes, smoke cigarettes, or buy bottled water.