Antibacterial Soaps Could Hurt More Than Help You

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Yet another research team has come out with a report against the use of antibacterial soaps.  The South Korean scientists discovered that antibacterial soaps only kill more bacteria than regular soaps do, if the antibacterial soaps are exposed to the bacteria for hours.

When the antibacterial soaps and the regular soaps were both used for thirty seconds, both killed the same amount of bacteria.

The active ingredient in antibacterial soaps is a product called triclosan.  Current law forbids soap manufacturers from using more than .3% of it in antibacterial soaps.  The South Korean researchers found that such a weak percentage of triclosan means it does not kill more bacteria than regular soap and water.  They discovered the percentage of triclosan needs to be much greater than .3% to kill substantially more bacteria than regular soap.

However, don’t let that .3% of triclosan make you think it’s safe.  As it turns out, it could be harmful in a number of ways, according to years of research that has even gotten the attention of the Food and Drug Administration.

In fact, the FDA is considering banning triclosan unless soap manufacturers can prove that it’s safe.

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SOURCE: CBN News
Lorie Johnson

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