Surely, indulging in a daily cup of warm tea has its advantages for the overall health and well-being; however, you can only reap the healing benefits if the tea has not been filled with harmful pesticides, right? Yes, you have read right, some of the most popular tea brands have been putting a large amount of pesticides in their teas and have been poisoning their buyers!
Popular Brands, Poisonous Tea
According to an investigation that was recently conducted by CBC News, more than 50 percent of the products from the tea brands that were tested contained pesticide residues and they were higher than the legally acceptable range. What’s more, in eight out of ten teas, there were several chemicals found whereas one brand had more than 22 distinct varieties of pesticides.
Studies have also shown the connection between these pesticides and diseases like Alzheimer’s, ADHD, cancer, and reproductive and birth defects. What’s more, they can also injure the nervous and endocrine system. The pesticides can harm newborns because they pass through breast milk of a nursing mother.
What Are the Tea Brands that Are Adding Pesticides to Products?
- Red Rose
- No Name
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
- King Cole
Toxic Tea Bags
Unfortunately, the tea bags they use are no better! The most conventional ones are treated with epichlorohydrin in order to avert tearing and disintegration. This is a chlorinated epoxy compound which is used as an industrial solvent and it is known as a carcinogenic and skin-irritating substance. It is often included in the manufacturing of epoxy resins.
“Natural Flavors” Serves as a Cover
This is something we often see on tea boxes, however, this is just a marketing trick used to manipulate customers into thinking that they are purchasing a quality, free-of-chemicals product. Though it sounds harmless, it actually refers to soy and corn-based ingredients, i.e. hidden GMOs.
A Far Better Solution: Make Your Own Tea!
To avoid the exposure to dangerous substances from store-bought tea, why not make your own at the comfort of your own home?
You just need a collection of your favorite spices and herbs (for example, chamomile, mint, lemongrass, basil, thyme, etc.) from your garden or the farmer’s market. Use them to make your wanted combination and make sure you use only organic empty tea bags. Fill the bag with the mixture and steep it in hot water and then strain the content into a cup and drink it while warm.