Recent news have stated that a whole host of popular tea brands such as “Twining’s”, Lipton, Celestial Seasonings, Teavana, Allegro, Bigelow, Yogi, Mighty Leaf, Tea Forte, Republic of Tea, Allegro, Tetley, Trader Joe’s, and Tazo have been reported to contain high levels of toxic substances such as pesticides and fluoride.
Don’t mistake the natural element calcium fluoride with fluoride. The second one is a synthetic compound which is highly toxic. Its levels of toxicity are dangerously high to the point where the product has been labeled as unsafe. Therefore, drinking cheap tea is as bad as consuming junk food.
Cheap Teas Usually Contain Pesticide and Fluoride
The reason behind the teas containing these toxic substances is because they’re not washed before being dried, which often leaves pesticide residues on them. Even some teas which have been labeled to be pesticide-tree have been found to contain carcinogenic pesticides in quantities which aren’t allowed in EU and US.
According to a study published in the Journal of Food Research International, cheaper blends contain enough fluoride to increase the risk of illnesses such as bone tooth, cancer and kidney problems in humans.
The allowed levels of fluoride are 4 ppm (parts-per-million) and some teas have been reported to contain as much as 7 ppm. The scary part is that once fluoride gets in your body, it can stay in your bones for several years, accumulating there and causing health issues in time.
How Fluoride Gets In Tea
The tea plant itself accumulates fluoride as it grows. The old tea leafs contain the most fluoride and they’re usually packed in cheaper teas, while the new leafs which aren’t so rich in fluoride get packed into more expensive teas.
What about Decaffeinated Tea?
Believe it or not, decaffeinated teas have shown higher levels of fluoride than caffeinated teas.
The solution however, isn’t to stop drinking tea altogether.
If you’re into tea, make sure you’re buying loose leaf tea and brew it yourself. Bagged tea might seem convenient but it contains far more fluoride.
You can also consume white tea as it has the least amount of fluoride. And another thing is to always stick to organic tea brands since their cultivation methods are more conscious and sophisticated. They even use purified water for the soil.