Tea is believed to be the healthiest source of caffeine, and much more beneficial than coffee, energy drinks, and sodas.
However, conventional tea brands have been found to involve toxic substances in high levels, including pesticides and fluoride. Therefore, such products are far from a safe drink to consume.
It the tea has been sprayed with pesticides, they will go directly into your cup of tea.
Due to this, research has found pesticides which are popular carcinogens in numerous common tea brands. Very often, popular tea brands list pesticides as natural flavors, in an attempt to mislead their customers.
Food Research International published a study which showed that a dramatical percentage of the United Kingdom population significantly exceeded the recommended dietary intake for fluoride, which can cause severe health effects, like kidney issues, and teeth and bones problems, and this was found to be a result of the consumption of tea.
Tea plants absorb fluoride from soil and as they grow, they accumulate it. Therefore, older leaves are higher in fluoride, and they are more often used in cheaper teas. These teas are also lower in antioxidants.
The investigation conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation involved popular international tea companies, including:
- King Cole
- No Name
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
Their findings were extremely surprising and alarming: even half of these most popular tea brands had a level of toxins that exceeded the legal limit. The only one that was found to contain no pesticides at all was Red Rose. On the other hand, the following were the worst offenders:
- King Cole, was found to contain monocrotophos – which is a soon-to-be-banned chemical as it causes irregular heartbeat and even coma.
- No Name, which was found to contain over 10 pesticide types.
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, which contained over 20 types of pesticides, including endosulfan, which leads to damage of the nervous system.
How To Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Tea
These facts do not mean that you should stop drinking tea in order to prevent serious health issues caused by the high levels of toxins or pesticides, but follow the tips below:
- always choose a non-GMO certified tea brands.
- switch to white tea, as it is made of young leaves only and contains the least amount of fluoride.
- be careful when ordering tea in a restaurant, as many restaurants use tea full of pesticides.
- always check the list of ingredients before buying your tea, in order to be sure that it contains no GMOs or added flavors.
- purchase loose leaf tea or brew your own tea from scratch. If you decide to prepare your tea at home, you should know the proper brewing times for certain types of tea:
- herbal teas should be steeped for 5 minutes at maximum;
- white or green teas should be left to steep for 2-3 minutes;
- Oolong teas should be left to steep for 4-7 minutes;
- Black or Pu-reh teas should be steeped for 3-5 minutes.
Furthermore, the following tea brands are safe to use:
- Red Rose
- Choice Organic Teas
- Organic Traditional Medicinals
- Numi Tea
- Two Leaves
- EDEN Organic
- Organic Stash
- Organic Tazo
- Rishi Tea
The video below will provide additional information on different tea brands: