Most Brands of Tea Contain THESE Harmful Chemicals!

Although tea is widely thought to be a healthier source of caffeine than coffee, pop or energy drinks, conventional tea brands have been shown to contain high levels of toxic substances such as fluoride and pesticides. The levels found in these products are so high that they are considered unsafe for consumption. As with most products, all tea is not created equal. Opting to save a few dollars on cheaper tea can cost you a lot more when it comes to your health.

Conventional Teas May Contain Fluoride and Pesticides

Most tea isn’t washed before it is distributed into bags. If the tea was sprayed with pesticides, those pesticides will wind up directly in your cup. Many non-organic tea brands have been found to contain pesticides that are known carcinogens. Popular tea brands often get away with listing “natural flavors” as an ingredient, causing many consumers to think they are buying better, cleaner ingredients. But there is a whole list of what “natural flavors” could mean.

A study published in Food Research International found that a significant percentage of the United Kingdom population greatly exceeded the recommended dietary intake for fluoride, which can lead to detrimental health effects. It was determined that the overexposure was occurring specifically from the consumption of tea. Overexposure to fluoride can cause problems with the bones and teeth, as well as kidney problems.

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Where Does The Fluoride Come From?

Tea plants absorb fluoride from soil and accumulate it as they grow, so older leaves contain the most fluoride. Cheaper quality teas are often made from older tea leaves, which contain more fluoride. These teas also contain the least amount of anti-oxidants, lessening the health benefits associated with drinking tea.

Which Brands Contain The Most Toxins?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation actually conducted an investigation on several popular international tea companies, including:

  1. Tetley
  2. Lipton
  3. Twinnings
  4. No Name
  5. Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
  6. King Cole
  7. Signal

Alarmingly, the CBC found that half of the tea brands contained a level of toxins that exceeded the legal limit. The worst offenders were:

  • King Cole, which contained the monocrotophos – a chemical that is currently in the process of being banned, as it causes irregular heartbeat and even coma.
  • Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, which contained more than 20 types of pesticides. One was endosulfan, which causes nervous system damage.
  • No Name, which contained more than 10 pesticide types.

That doesn’t mean the other tea brands were totally safe, however. In fact, only Red Rose tea was found to contain no pesticides at all.

Yikes!

How To Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Tea

You don’t need to stop drinking tea altogether to keep yourself safe from harmful toxins or pesticides that may be lurking in your cup. After all, tea is the source of some amazing health benefits. So what’s the solution?

  • Try switching to white tea. It has the least amount of fluoride because it’s made from young leaves.
  • Be sure to buy loose leaf tea or brew your own tea from scratch.
  • Buy organic! Choose a non-GMO certified brand of tea.
  • Check the ingredient list to make sure there are no added flavors or GMO ingredients added to the tea leaves.
  • Many restaurants use tea brands that are known to be full of pesticides, so be careful about ordering tea while out to eat.
  • Know the correct brewing times for certain types of tea. Black or Pu-reh teas should be steeped for 3-5 minutes; white or green teas should be steeped for 2-3 minutes; Oolong teas should be steeped for 4-7 minutes; and herbal teas should be left to steep for five minutes at minimum, longer for a stronger tea.

Here is a list of bagged tea that is safe!

Watch the video below for a breakdown of different tea brands and how they measure up in terms of health:

Sources:
CBC
FluorideAlert.org
Toxipedia.org
FoodBabe.com

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11 comments
Ajia Northshore - April 8, 2016

:( Nothing’s sacred anymore. I’m a real tea granny and this makes me very sad!

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Jonathan Plaster - September 4, 2016

More fear mongering.

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KerryandJanie - September 4, 2016

How about Barry’s Tea, from Ireland?

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Jess Wilsdon - September 5, 2016

Not to mention the bleached tea bags!

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Interested_disinterest - September 6, 2016

GMO products are harmful. No. Here’s how that goes. Monsanto is an evil company. GMO products – which have been around since agriculture itself, are not. Complicated, I know. But thinking actually works.

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    Alexis - October 19, 2016

    NO. Just NO. You are referring to thousands of years of natural selection by farmers. Cross pollination of two different, but related plants over 6 to 10 plant generations, eventually creating a new plant variety, other words Hybrid seeds.

    GMO is completely different, we’re talking about lab created seeds that don’t just cross different, but related plants. The cross goes far beyond that, it’s crossing different biological kingdoms — like, say, a bacteria with a plant.

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MaryTormey - September 6, 2016

Fluoride found in tea is provably safe. More reactive fluoride compounds found in water and toothpaste can cause health issues, but pipe clogging calcium fluoride is good for teeth.

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Debra Dunn - September 24, 2016

Drink American grown tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation!

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Ronald S. Perimal - September 24, 2016

When they mention that sugar is bad for you, my question is what kind of sugar? There are several types of sugar: Cane Sugar, Beet sugar, Coconut sugar, Raw sugar. Some of the brown sugar has added molasses to make it brown. So is brown cane sugar good for you or not?

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    Mindy Voss - October 19, 2016

    It’s more than a simple answer really.
    Refined sugar of any kind isn’t good for you. Some has been bleached, some are GMO, and we live in a country (USA) that consumes WAY too much sugar period.
    Our bodies need sugar, but the right kind. Fruits. Whole fruit. Now, can you cut the apple, add some organic unbleached sugar and make a pie? Sure. But its a treat. Not a daily diet.
    As far as eating sugars in moderation…. unbleached, raw, organic, coconut sugars are okay. Those are just my two cents.

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Roslyn Altaira - October 31, 2016

I guess investing in organic anything is a good thing, -except when I find I’ve cooked a caterpillar in my organic broccoli :p, poor thing….

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