I thought I was in the minority, but, turns out, my love for tea is not so unique: Tea just so happens to be the most popular beverage in the world besides water. Yes, it even beats coffee. I love tea for the variety of flavors, but it does not hurt that it has some serious health benefits too. Some studies have shown that the antioxidants found in the tea leaf can help prevent cancer, improve metabolic and cardiovascular function, and could even slow the progression of degenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's). With this info in my back pocket, I was confident that soaring.
So when I first heard that sneak in some pretty garnish ingredients, I was shocked. No way. Not possible. I decided to do some digging and look into it. Is not it just tossing a tea bag into hot water? Pittsides
OK, so we are not sharing anything Pesticides probably is not great for your health. But if you do not know what you are doing, you may also be interested in the Chemicals of the Chemicals.
Multiple studies have been conducted in the past few years, and each one concluded that yes, pesticides exist in a ton of teas : A study in 201
Not what you expected in your cup, right? Here's the thing: Occasional pesticide exposure is not likely to cause any devastating health problems. The long-term consequences of pesticide consumption are not definitive, but a study like this can not be good. Heavy metals
One nutritional tidbit , potassium, magnesium, and zinc. But these are not the only minerals in your brew.
A study published in the Journal of Toxicology tested for toxic elements in a variety of common tea brands, and the findings are pretty unsettling. Seventy-three percent of brewed teas contained lead when steeped for the standard time of 3-4 minutes, and the quantity was even higher when steeped for longer. Umm, lead in my tea? Thank you, next. They are probably unsafe levels of aluminum, cadmium, and, oh yeah, arsenic. Feeling queasy yet?
How the heck does it lead into a tea bag? Companies would never add these toxins to products on purpose (or at least, we'd like to think they would not); it really depends on where the tea was grown. Heavy metals inevitably accumulate in the soil on tea plantations due to the close proximity to coal-fired power plants, industrial waste runoff, and pesticide use.
leaves because their roots had less time to absorb the toxic elements in the soil.
If you think the leaves are the only problem in your teacup, you'd be wrong , You know those fancy-looking tea bags shaped like little silk pyramids? You probably thought that was out of some type of cloth … nope. They are typically made of plastic: polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polypropylene, to be exact. Again, not the first thing you would instinctively steep in a cup of boiling water before drinking it.
While there are not a ton of studies, this is for us, I'm going to make educated guess here and BPA-free. BPA-free. BPA-free. BPA-free BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and serious problems with reproductive development.
If you apply this information to tea, it is likely that those chemicals are leaching out of your plastic tea bag and into it, just like they're leaching out into a single-use plastic water bottle. The history of tea drinking is nearly 3,000 years old, but it was not until after World War II that people started using tea bags in the infusion process.
One of the sneakiest things tea companies can do is trick you into thinking you're drinking something you're not. Raspberry Pizzaz or Tropical Sunset.
These are food scientists and flavor engineers who are masters at manipulating synthetic chemicals to create flavors that mimic those of real foods. Oh, and do not get started on the FDA.
Tell me something positive, please.
We have some good news too. Many issues have just been discussed. In 2017, China promised to implement strict regulations on pesticide usage, and many major tea companies have switched to plastic-free tea bags and more biodegradable options.
And you can now get your tea locally grown. Yes, that's correct: U.S.-grown tea is becoming a thing. What was once a crop grown exclusively in China and India is now cultivated in our own backyards. Hawaii, California, and some parts of the Southeast.
Where do we go from here ?
OK, so we know that's a lot to take in. We can still push that mug away-but you do not have to. To make sure they're making all the right calls. Because you're serious, you can be super good for you.
The best way to avoid the most harmful ingredients is by buying organic, ideal loose-leaf tea. Organic tea leaves are not sprayed with pesticides the way their non-organic counterparts are, making them a much healthier choice. Loose-leaf tea is often higher quality, and you may buy it as convenient as the pre-bagged alternative.
Do not worry, though, we're not going to leave the task of finding healthy high-quality tea entirely up to you. We've done some digging to determine a few of the best brands. Numi Tea, Mighty Leaf Tea, Mountain Rose Herbs, Vahdam Teas, and the Little Red Cup Tea Co. are all great options. And let's not forget about local tea shops, where you can talk to people who really like their stuff.