The regular consumption of tea may prevent many ailments, unless the tea is loaded with pesticides.
Not all tea brands are created equal. Many tea brands are ridden with high levels of toxic substances such as pesticides and fluoride. Therefore, next time you scour the tea section at your local market looking for a good deal, remember quality over quantity, because the levels of these toxic substances present in many of the cheaper brands are considered to be dangerously high.
CBC News carried out an investigation on the pesticide levels in some of the most popular companies that manufacture tea. Almost half of all teas tested contained pesticide residues above the legally acceptable limit. A few chemicals were found in eight out of ten teas, with one tea brand possessing over twenty-two different kinds of pesticides.
Studies have found a correlation between pesticides and cancer, birth and reproductive defects, Alzheimer’s, and ADHD. Pesticides may disrupt your hormones, causing harm to your endocrine and nervous systems. These toxic substances may pass from the mother during pregnancy that may be harmful to the developing baby. They may also be passed through the breast milk of a breastfeeding mom and kid.
In a nutshell, they may build up in the human body and contribute to various health issues.
These tea companies were found to possess the highest level of pesticides:
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
– No Name
– Red Rose
– King Cole
In fact, almost all conventional tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin to keep the bags from tearing or disintegrating. In addition, it’s actually a chlorinated epoxy compound that’s used as an industrial solvent. It’s commonly used in epoxy resin production. It’s a potential carcinogen and strong skin irritant.
Here’s how to avoid toxic substances in your tea:
– Opt for these safe brands: Organic Traditional Medicinals, Organic Tazo, Two Leaves, Choice Organic Teas, Organic Stash, EDEN Organic, Rishi Tea, Numi Tea, and Red Rose.
– Purchase loose leaf tea or brew your own.
– Check the ingredient list to avoid GMO ingredients and added flavors.
– Opt for an organic, non-GMO certified tea brand.
– Switch to white tea, as it is made from young leaves and has the least amount of toxic substances.