Take a look around the grocery store, and you’re likely to see the word “antibacterial” on a variety of cleaning and personal care products, including hand soap, hand sanitizer and dish detergent. As consumers, we like the sound of “antibacterial”. It sounds reassuring.
However, recently published research may give us another reason to read labels and rethink our use of products that contain certain antibacterial agents. Not only are many of them endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), but many have now been associated with increased risk of allergies and food sensitivities.