Sipping on a cup of hot tea may be a safeguard against a lot of health problems, that is, unless your tea is soaked in pesticides. Some leading tea brands contain enough pesticides to poison and slowly kill you.
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:
• Red Rose
• No Name
• Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
• King Cole
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 epichlorohydrin to protect these bags from disintegrating or tearing? EPICHLOROHYDRIN is a chlorinated epoxy compound used as an industrial solvent. It is a strong skin irritant and carcinogen. Epichlorohydrin is mainly used in the production of epoxy resins. According to safety literature from Dow, it’s a very dangerous chemical that requires using extra precautions when handling.
Avoid “natural flavors“ as an ingredient.
“Natural flavors” 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.