We often eat food that includes various chemicals, due to the misleading ingredients on the food labels. Tea brands labels also do this in order to convince the customers that their products are better than their counterparts.
The real purpose of these companies is to cover up the low quality and bad taste of their tea. Luckily, there are brands that still use completely natural flavors and real ingredients.
When you see “natural flavor” on a label, don’t buy that product.
People almost never think about possible GMOs when consuming their tea. According to studies, some tea companies use soy lecithin and corn starch, genetically engineered corn and soy. Tea brands, such asTea Forte, Mighty Leaf, Trader Joe’s, Tetley, Allegro, Lipton, Celestial Seasonings, Tazo, Teavana, Twinings, Yogi, Bigelow, Republic of Tea, include plenty of toxic substances, including pesticides and fluoride. Not calcium fluoride, which is a natural element, but synthetic fluoride, a toxic byproduct.
Fluoride and pesticides in cheap tea bags
Most non-organic tea plants are not washed before being dried, so they contain pesticide residues. Recently, a study has found that some tea brands contain pesticides which are known carcinogens, in quantities that are above the allowed limits of EU and US.
Moreover, according to a recent study, cheap blend contain enough fluoride to put in danger people`s life and also increase the risk of kidney problems, bone tooth, and even malign tumors.
Some cheap tea brands contain 7 parts per million (ppm) while the allowed level of fluoride is only 4 ppm. This is horrible because fluoride stores in the body and it remain there for years.
How does fluoride get into the tea?
The tea plant stores fluoride in its process of growing, which means that older leaves contain more fluoride. Teas with lower quality are often made from old leaves.
What about decaffeinated tea?
It has been proven that decaffeinated tea contained higher fluoride levels in comparison to caffeinated tea. So, what is the solution?
Try to drink more white tea because it includes the least fluoride amount.
Choose organic tea because the cultivation methods are safer.
It is better to buy loose leaf tea and brew it from scratch because bagged teas are often made from leaves that have less quality and contain more fluoride.
Paper tea bags can be worse than plastic tea bags
Epichlorohydrin is a compound that is mostly used in the production of epoxy resins. Moreover, many paper tea bags have already been treated with this compound, which is used as a pesticide and the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health regard it as a potential carcinogen.
When it gets in touch with water, epichlorohydrin, hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD, an organic chemical compound which is carcinogenic and genotoxic in humans. Also, it has been related with anti-fertility effects and reduced immune function.
Teas rich in antioxidants cannot make a huge difference when it comes to balancing the chemicals, artificial flavorings, and additives. Thus, you should do this:
Look at the chart below to see how your favorite tea brand ranks. Because this table is not enough, you need to learn more about labeling tricks and getting more deep information on the subject.