The health benefits of loose leaf tea outweigh any manufactured tea bags for more reasons than just the therapeutic benefits and aromatic qualities. In a recent study 8 Popular Tea Bag Companies Contained Illegal Amounts of Deadly Pesticides with the top 3 being Lipton, Tetley, and Twinings.
We do everything we can to avoid contact with these pesticides, from washing our produce before we eat them, to spending money on organic fruits and veggies. Yet it has managed to find a way to make it into our homes yet again.
CBC News recently conducted an investigation on the pesticide levels in some of the most major tea-producing companies. The investigators found that over half of all teas tested had pesticide residues that were above the legally acceptable limit. Multiple chemicals were found in 8 out of 10 teas, with one brand of tea containing over 22 different types of pesticides.
Countless studies have revealed, pesticides have been linked to ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, reproductive and birth defects, as well as cancer. Pesticides can cause harm to the nervous system and the endocrine system by disrupting hormones. Pesticides can pass from the mother during pregnancy which can be very harmful to the developing baby. These pesticides can also be passed through the breast milk of a nursing mother and child.
The tea companies that were found to contain the highest pesticide levels were as follows:
• Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
• Red Rose
• No Name
• Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
• King Cole
Using an accredited lab, CBC investigators used the same testing method employed by the national Food Inspection Agency to test the pesticide residue on the dry tea leaves.
For the full list of pesticides in these teas, check out the documentation on CBC’s website, here.
Toxic Paper Tea Bags
Did you know that most conventional paper tea bags are treated with a compound called epichlorohydrin which is used to produce epoxy resins and acts as a pesticide! It is used to protect these bags from disintegrating or tearing. For more info follow this link.
Avoid “natural flavours“ as an ingredient.
“Natural flavours” is a sneaky way to hide ingredients from the consumer. It is used to manipulate consumers into thinking that they are buying a product with better, cleaner ingredients. Sounds harmless enough, but it usually stands for soy and corn based ingredients, which mean hidden GMOs not to mention sugar.
At The FODMAP Friendly Tea Co we encourage customers to choose our loose leaf tea to help limit pesticide and toxin exposure. Long-term exposure to multiple sources of harmful chemicals, environmental pollutants, alcohol, medication, and processed foods all take a toll on our liver and detoxification systems.
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