Drinking tea has always been considered a healthy habit, and it is still, but with an extreme caution of which brands you consume. For instance, brands like Twinings, Yogi, Tea Forte, Mighty Leaf, Trader Joe’s, Tetley, Lipton, Allegro, Celestial Seasonings, Tazo, Teavana, Bigelow, and Republic of Tea contain high levels of toxic substances such as fluoride and pesticides. In these substances is not included calcium fluoride which is a natural element, but synthetic fluoride which is a toxic by product. The fluoride levels are really high so that are even considered dangerous to a certain point. Therefore, please be aware which brands of tea you drink as it can be health damaging as junk food.
Cheap Tea is considered to contain Pesticides and Fluoride
Non-organic teas are not washed before being packed as a result of which they contain pesticide residues. It was discovered that some tea brands, even those ones claiming to be organic and pesticide free, contain pesticides known to be carcinogens, unfortunately in quantities above the US and EU limits.
In the journal, Food Research International, it was revealed that cheaper brands contain sufficient quantity of fluoride that may cause many illnesses like kidney issues, bone tooth, and cancer.
Precisely, some cheap brands of tea contain almost 7 parts per million (ppm), and the allowed level of fluoride is 4 ppm. This fact is really worrisome as fluoride gets into your bones and accumulates in your body remaining there for years.
How does fluoride get into tea?
Actually, the tea plant itself accumulates fluoride as it grows, meaning that old leaves have the highest quantities. Cheaper brands of tea use older leaves, instead of young ones, and also use smaller leaves which contain higher quantities of fluoride.
The question pops up, what about decaffeinated tea?Strangely enough, but decaffeinated tea showed higher fluoride levels than caffeinated tea.
All this does not mean that you should stop drinking tea, there are always reasonable answers:
- Consume white tea asit has the least amount of fluoride.
- Buy loose leaf tea and brew it. Avoid bagged tea, even though they seem convenient and easy to make, usually are made of low quality leaves whichdefinitely contain more fluoride.
- Furthermore, buy organic tea as their cultivation is more sophisticated and conscious. For their natural cultivation is even used purified water for the soil.
This is only a small part of what brands of tea could be good for you, for further information check out Food Babe’s full report presenting you a chart of which brands of tea came out with perfect reputations, and share them over a cup of tea with your friends.