For many of us, tea is a daily habit, it is sacred and promotes good health. Many tea varieties can aid our digestion, metabolism and help prevent disease. Tea drinking dates back for thousands of years as Chinese royalty drank this liquid for good health. The process for preparation then was very similar to how […]
For many of us, tea is a daily habit, it is sacred and promotes good health. Many tea varieties can aid our digestion, metabolism and help prevent disease. Tea drinking dates back for thousands of years as Chinese royalty drank this liquid for good health. The process for preparation then was very similar to how we do it now: the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis in either in powder or loose leaves were placed in warm water and left to infuse.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Modern day tea though, is not as similar as the health giving brews of the ancients. Modern tea bags are filled with pesticides, toxins, artificial ingredients, added flavors and GMOs.
All of the modern day teas are conveniently placed in small easy to use bags. Bad news is—most of them are not washed before being packed. When steeped in hot water these toxins go directly onto your cup of hot brew.
“Natural Flavors”. Ever wonder what that really means? Mostly, nothing. It just means that Tea companies are hiding the inferiority of their product from consumers. They want us to think that we are buying something clean and pure but actually, we are not! As what Ahmed Rahman of Numi Tea said, “You can breakdown anything that is found in nature and if it ends up tasting like the flavor you wish to use – you can add it to any product and call it NATURAL FLAVOR on the ingredient label. It could come from a stone in the ground and you’d never know.”
Many tea brands think they can get away with the “natural flavors”. You may think you are purchasing better products but the truth is they are just covering for the low-quality and poor taste of their tea. If your tea is really a superior blend then you definitely do not need to jazz it up with a host of artificial ingredients and flavors.
Plastic is plastic. Even if you call it biodegradable. It will always be harmful to our body because it is not natural! Some tea bags unfortunately are made from these so called “food grade nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (PET)”. Even if they say that it is safe enough to soak your plastic tea bags in HOT water, be wary! Molecules from these materials can still break down and leach out especially when exposed to boiling liquid. Well, we only steep tea in hot water. What does that mean now?
Paper tea bags are also very risky. Most paper tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin, a material also used for epoxy (super glue) AND pesticides! What’s more, it is known to be a cause for cancer in animals, infertility and suppressed immune function.
We should all take note that: The Hain Celestail Group has been sued in class action for mislabelling their tea as “100% natural”. This case is still active in California court. The Eurofin research credibility is also still on trial as of May 2014.
In a Greenpeace report, it states that there are Tea companies with productions in China that are very lax in their policy on agrochemicals. They found that in 18 tea products from 9 Tea companies, they could detect at least 3 pesticide chemicals in all the samples. The author of this report recommended to purchase only certified organic tea to avoid pesticides. They also strongly urge Tea companies to reassess their policies and ban the use of highly toxic chemicals in all their products.
Bagged organic tea.
These Teas are pesticide and epichlorohydrin free.
Bagged conventional tea.
Aude is an ex corporate Lawyer with a passion for health, self development and independence which lead her to give up her former career to help others through health.
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