Tea is commonly used and consumed all over the world and it is considered as a heartier source of caffeine than coffee, energy drinks or pop, but it has also been shown that many conventional tea brands are also full with toxic substances like pesticides and fluoride. They contain very high amounts of these chemicals that they are not safe to drink. But not every tea is produced in the same way. While the producers are trying to save money and creating cheaper tea, it can have a negative effect on your overall health.
Conventional Teas are full with pesticides and Fluoride
Most manufacturers do not wash the tea before they put it in bags. The pesticides end up in our cup of tea, if the tea is sprayed with them. And a lot of the non-organic tea brands have pesticides that are actually carcinogens. Many popular brands of tea say that their tea contains ‘natural flavors’, which leads many people to believe that they are actually using better and cleaner tea. But ‘natural flavors’ can actually mean many different things.
Food Research International published one study which showed that a high number of the population in the United Kingdom has passed the daily limit of fluoride intake, and this leads to many damaging health effects. They also discovered that this overexposure was happening only from the consummation of toxic tea. Kidney problems, as well as problems with the teeth ad bones are a result of fluoride overexposure.
Where Does The Fluoride Come From?
Fluoride is contained in the tea, because the tea plants get the fluoride for the soil and it buildup in the plants as they grow, so the most fluoride is contained in the older leaves of the plants. And older leaves are used to make the cheaper quality teas which mean that they have the most fluoride in them. Also these brands of tea also have the lowest level of anti-oxidants, reducing the health benefits that the tea offers.
Here are some brands that have the most toxins
One investigation was made by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which included many popular international tea companies like:
- No Name
- King Cole
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
The bad news is that almost half of these tea brands are full with excess amount if toxins – found the CBC. These are the worst of the tea brands:
- King Cole – which is full with monocrotophos, a chemical which will soon be banned because it can lead to irregular heartbeat and coma.
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – tea that is full with more than 20 different kinds of pesticides. One of them is endosulfan, which damages the nervous system.
- No Name – full with more than 10 different kinds of pesticides.
Many other tea brands are not safe for consummation and are full with toxins. The only tea that does not have any pesticides is the Red Rose.
Here is how to avoid the dangerous chemicals in tea
If you want to protect yourself from all the dangerous chemicals, pesticides and toxins in tea, there are many things you can do other than stop drinking tea. You need to drink tea because it also offers numerous health benefits. So this is what you need to do:
- Change your regular tea with white tea. This type of tea is made from young leaves and because of this is contains the lowest amount of fluoride.
- You can also grow your own tea or you can find loose leaf tea.
- Always use organic tea. Choose a brand of tea that is non-GMO certified.
- Always check the label on the tea for ingredients that are GMO or added flavors.
- You should also avoid ordering tea in restaurants because they use brands which contain a lot of toxins and pesticides.
- You should know the proper preparation time for each type of tea. For example, herbal teas need to be left to steep for at least five minutes or longer for stronger tea, Oolong tea for 4-7 minutes; green or white teas need to steep for 2-3 minutes and Pu-reh or black tea for at least 3-5 minutes.
Here are brands of tea that are safe to consume
- Numi Tea
- EDEN Organic
- Organic Tazo
- Choice Organic Teas
- Red Rose
- Rishi Tea
- Organic Stash
- Two Leaves
- Organic Traditional Medicinals
Watch the following video for more information on breaking down various tea brands and how they affect our health