If our tea may be toxic, I would be dying to find out. Why? Because I love tea. If there’s something that I would drink more than water, if I only could, that’s probably tea. And if you’re an avid tea drinker yourself, you may just want to read what strange things are included in that bag of tea.
Pesticides in tea
Our tea may be toxic because of the pesticides found to be lingering in them. We all know how plants are grown and cared for. We are also very aware that plants are sprayed with pesticides and tea is not an exception.
Some tea brands don’t wash the tea leaves after harvest and directly put them into packaging. This means that if they were sprayed with pesticides, the pesticides go with you when you have that morning or afternoon tea.
The evidence says tea may be toxic
It is not just the tea in Canada that has alarmingly high pesticides, but also in the U.S.
Research shows that 91% of Celestial Seasonings tea had pesticide residues that are beyond the limits imposed in the U.S. Another one of their teas, called “Wellness” has traces of propargite, which is a carcinogen and developmental toxin.
Aside from Celestial Seasoning, another tea brand that has pesticides is Teavana. At least 62% of Teavana teas has endosulfan, which is a pesticide banned in America, the EU, China, and in other countries around the world as this has been said to cause impaired fertility. This is definitely a strong evidence that out tea may be toxic.
The paper bags of tea may be toxic, too
According to studies, the paper which tea bags are made of are treated with epichlorohydrin. And what is this? This is mainly used in making epoxy resins and is also used as a pesticide.
What’s more scary is that the moment epichlorohydrin comes in contact with water, which is what’s going to happen once you have that cup of tea, the compound turns into a carcinogen that’s been known to cause cancer in animals.
And if you are male and been wanting to have children, then you should definitely say no to paper tea bags, as they can cause infertility as well. Immune suppression is also one of its effects.
How to avoid toxic tea
So how will you and I, tea lovers, get around this when we can’t all be certain about which tea may be toxic?
Here are some tips:
- It is important to opt for organic and non-GMO tea brands. Some of those out in the market are Numi, Traditional Medicinals, and Rishi Tea.
- You should also check the ingredient list on the tea packaging. If you see added flavors, soy lecithin, corn starch, etc., then you shouldn’t drink these.
- Because most tea bags are made of paper, it’s better to get loose leaf tea.
- Avoid ordering tea in restaurants or coffee shops unless you know the brand they use. If you really must have tea, try bringing your own home-brewed tea wherever you go. Saves you cash and most of all, keeps you away from the toxicity.
Time to have that non-toxic cuppa tea! 🙂