Most of you would be slightly disappointed to find out that your favorite tea brands contain a variety of chemicals and other additives, as found by the latest lab testing. We have linked an article which gives a detailed report on the substances contained in the most common tea brands. We also did a research, and you can read more about it in the text below.
The truth could no longer be hidden even though you may be understandably upset to find out that your favorite drink is loaded with high quantities of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals.
Most of the herbs are not washed before the drying process, which means that non-organic tea contains pesticide residues. A large number of tea brands, including those that are considered as organic or pesticide free, contain pesticides known as carginogens in quantities above the US and EU limits!
Read this thorough report from Glaucus Research, which illustrates something you could freely call a criminal practice. Be sure to read it carefully, since it is the real picture of what really goes on in the modern world.
2. Substances found in the teabag material
Teabags are sometimes made from plastics (which can possibly leach molecules when soaked in boiling water), corn-based biodegradable material (probably GMO), or paper processed with wet strength agents, such as polymerized epichlorohydrin.
Unpolymerized epichlorohydrin is used in the pest control methods and it is also considered to be a potential carcinogen. Even though lab tests showed that tea bags and coffee filters contain small amounts of this substance, it is still present. (source)
You can still avoid any leaching from the teabag material if you use loose leaf tea, but if you still prefer your favorite tea, try this. Empty the content into a teapot and prepare your tea in the traditional way using a strainer. Compare both ways of preparation, just to check if there is any difference in the flavor.
3. “Natural flavors”
“Natural flavors” stands for flavorings “which have their origin in nature”. On the other hand, these could be made from animal or plant sources, and also processed in a number of ways.
It is not just the fact that you could be even allergic to it, it is also about the processing -- even though some of the substances used as natural flavors are disgusting in their own right. “Natural flavors” could stand for something that contains castoreum, and you would never know it… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/castoreum
4. Artificial flavors
Do you ever wonder why does tea need flavoring at all? Actually, modern agriculture is so aggressive, that at the end the product is bland-tasting, and flavorings are more than required, in order to make the tea taste as it should. So, next time be sure to check the labels for anything like “flavors” or “flavorings”.
These things happen because large companies are eager to create marketable products, but also to cut costs and increase their profits, which results in poor quality.
If sufficient number of people ask for a better quality of the food they buy, companies would feel the pressure of the laws of supply. Everything is in your hands, so try to make smart decisions, and take more care about the food quality. Do a research on your own and contribute to a better world.
Please check out the chart of which teas came out with their reputations intact: http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you-know-whats-really-in-your-tea/