There’s nothing like relaxing with a hot cup of tea in your favorite mug. And tea leaves have been shown to reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; help lower cholesterol, and improve mental focus. Tea is loaded with anti-oxidants . But it turns out that some tea bags aren’t so heart-warming. While many of these benefits may be true, there is also information that is often overlooked which reveals some toxic facts about the common tea brands.
Most conventional tea brands such as Lipton, Allegro, Celestial Seasonings, Tazo, Teavana, Bigelow, Republic of Tea, Twinings, Yogi, Tea Forte, Mighty Leaf, Trader Joe’s, Tetley are laced with toxic pesticide residue and contain really high levels of toxic substances such as fluoride and pesticides. We are not talking about calcium fluoride which is a natural element, but about the synthetic fluoride which is a toxic by product. These levels are dangerously high to the point of being considered unsafe. So drinking cheap tea can be as bad as eating junk food.
So how did fluoride get into tea?
The tea plant accumulates fluoride as it grows. This means that old leaves contain the most fluoride. Cheaper quality teas are often made from old leaves that contain more fluoride than young tea leaves . Additionally, these cheaper brands use smaller leaves which contain more fluoride.
Conventional Teas – An Abundance of Pesticides
The greater part of the herbs is not washed before the initiation of the drying process, so, this means that non-organic tea contains pesticide residues. Great number of tea brands, including those labeled as organic or pesticide free, contain pesticides known as carcinogens in amounts above the US and the EU limits.
The report made by Glaucus Research gives us more details and illustrates something you could freely call a criminal practice. Make sure you read it carefully, because it gives us the real picture of what really goes on in the modern world.
Teas Can Contain Artificial Flavoring, Natural Flavors, and Hidden GMOsFurthermore
A majority of Teavana teas contain added flavor – specifically “artificial flavoring.” If their tea is so high end, why would they be adding ingredients produced by fractional distillation and chemical manipulation of various chemicals like crude oil or coal tar?
Beware of paper tea bags too, which can be worse than plastic tea bags.
Teabags are usually made of plastic, which is bad as the plastic may leach molecules into the boiling water. Then, the biodegradable bags are corn-based, corn which is probably GMO. If the bags are made of paper, it is not less dangerous, as the paper is treated with wet strength agents like polymerized epichlorohydrin. The unpolymerized epichlorohydrin is also used as an insect fumigant and it is considered to be potential carcinogen. The tea bags and the coffee filters contain low levels of these compounds, but still they do contain these harmful ingredients.
Should We Avoid Drinking Tea?
Obviously, the answer is no.
Make sure the brand you buy uses a safe form of packaging material or buy loose leaf tea and use a stainless steel or glass tea strainer. Have the company verify that bags do not contain epichlorophydrin, and avoid plastic tea bags all together. There is no doubt that bagged tea is convenient and makes the process of preparing simpler, but as we already said bagged tea usually comes with leaves with low quality and contains high fluoride levels.
Its best to use white teas as they contain lower levels of fluoride. Buy and consume organic tea. These teas are Eco friendly and some manufactures use purified water during their process.
The majority of restaurants use some of the most pesticide ridden tea and brands that have harmful packaging like Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, etc. Don’t fall victim to this. Bring your own tea when eating out or going to restaurants and ask for pot or cup of boiling water.
Keep in mind that this is only basic information, its best to check online to discover what brands contain lower amounts of fluoride and which teas you should stay away from.
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