A study has found that a number if leading tea bags brand contain hazardously high levels of pesticides.
Tea is generally perceived to be a healthier source of caffeine other than coffee, soda or energy drinks.
However, traditional tea brand names have actually been revealed to contain dangerous levels of hazardous substances.
Apart from high levels of pesticides, they also contain dangerous amounts of fluoride, and artificial active ingredients, including flavors and GMO’s.
The levels found in these products are so high that they are presumed hazardous for ingestion.
Like the majority of most items, not all tea is produced equal.
Many teas are not washed before being dried, therefore non-organic teas can include pesticide residues.
High levels of pesticides found in tea bags
Some tea brands (natural or totally pesticide free) have just recently been found to contain dangerous levels of pesticides.
The chemicals in question include DDE (a metabolite of DDT), heptachlor epoxide, permethrin, and acetamiprid.
These toxic pesticides are labeled carcinogenic and have been found to interrupt the proper function of the endocrine system, health concerns that are worth paying attention to!
Despite the incredible risk, testing completed by CBC’s marketplace found that half of the teas tested contained more than one chemical.
You may find it hard to believe, but one brand actually contained residues of 22 different pesticides!
Buying organic doesn’t necessarily protect you either!
A study revealed: “The organic teas had significantly higher levels of lead contamination if left steeping for more than 15 minutes than the regular teas. Otherwise, there was no significant difference in levels of contaminants between organic teas and regular off the shelf teas.”
Not only should we concern ourselves with pesticide residue on the tea leaves, but even the bags themselves can bring a host of problems.
Mesh style tea bags and plastic tea bags run the risk of leaking toxic chemicals into your tea due to the extreme heat.
Perhaps similar to the concerns that have come to light in relation to leaving a plastic water bottle in a hot car.
CBC Marketplace testing revealed that the only safest tea to consume, containing no pesticide, was Red Rose Orange Pekoe.
While they also confirmed that the products are all grown and harvested following sustainable practices.
Nine Teas That Failed Are listed Below:
– King Cole: Orange Pekoe
– Lipton: Pure Green Tea
– Lipton: Yellow Label Black Tea
– No Name: Black Tea
– Signal: Orange Pekoe
– Tetley: Green Tea
– Twinings: Earl Grey
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China: Green Tea
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China: Jasmine Green Tea
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