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3 Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Tea

3 Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Tea

Tea is a miraculous thing. Bursting with antioxidants and health benefits galore, civilizations have been imbibing it for centuries. Drink it iced in the throes of summer or steaming hot to stave off that winter flu. Any season, any time of day, tea is there to boost your health while bringing you serenity and comfort. But, wait… could there be a dark side to this naturally healing beverage? Thanks to modern food practices and processing shortcuts, harmful chemicals could be lurking in your teacup. Follow these 3 guidelines to make sure you are getting pure, delicious tea, and not a tainted impostor.

Always choose an organic, non-GMO tea. It is widely known that Celestial Seasonings is loaded with pesticides. But, did you know that even loose-leaf, high-end brands like Teavana have tested positive for dangerous pesticides in 100% of samples? Just because a product has a natural design aesthetic does not mean that the product itself is of any true quality. Although they may appear upscale and natural, pesticide-ridden packaged tea offenders include Tazo, Bigelow, Republic of Tea, Twinnings, Yogi, Mighty Leaf, and Tea Forte, among others. Surprised? Luckily, Numi and Traditional Medicinals are widely available brands that are against tea deception and offer honest, organic, non-GMO verified, high quality teas. Do your research and buy non-GMO verified and organic.

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Dont buy tea that lists natural flavors as an ingredient. “Natural flavors” is a sneaky way to hide ingredients from the consumer, making the product appear more natural and pure. “Natural ingredients” can be any naturally derived ingredient that enhances the flavor profile the company wishes to offer. Sounds harmless enough, but it usually stands for soy and corn based ingredients, which mean hidden GMOs. That also becomes a cryptic concern for those with soy or corn allergies. Enough with the deception. Run far away from any package that contains the vague term “natural flavors.”

Make sure your favorite brand uses safe packing material, or stick to loose-leaf. You know those luxury silk sachets — the ones that display your tea so beautifully? Well, those are not made out of silk — they are made out of plastic. It is the same type of food-grade plastic used in ubiquitous water bottles — you know, the ones that you shouldn’t drink from if left in your hot car? So, yes, the plastic leeches into boiling water. Yum, who doesn’t want a hearty cup of earl grey BPA?

Think paper baggies are better? Unfortunately, not always. Many paper bags are treated with epichlorohydrin, a compound known to suppress immune function, lead to infertility, and even cause cancer.  Your best bet is to buy organic, loose tea, and brew it in a metal or glass container. It will be fresher, won’t leech chemicals, and generally taste better.

Your health and your body matters more than some crummy tea company. The more knowledge you accrue, the healthier you will be. Take action! Support local and honest companies who care about the quality of their products, their footprint on the planet, and the health of their consumers.

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at jordyncormier.com.

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2:46PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Good to know, I drink tea everyday

9:20PM PDT on May 21, 2014

Discouraged ...... but at least enlightened. Thanks for posting.

8:47AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Good grief. Now I have to fear the tea bag itself.

7:12AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

I like a cuppa without sugar or milk. But I do not trust it anymore, since GMO came in, I do not trust tea anymore, sorry , I will go without.

8:02AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

thanks for pointing this information out, really appreciate it from one tea drinker to another :)

11:19AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

I get mine from Monterey Bay Spice company. They have tons of different types, black, green, white, herbal, loose and bagged. I have been doing business with them for years. check them out at www.herbco.com

4:43AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thats just like most articles here giving us just half the story. A major problem with teas is the flurides in the water used to brew the tea. Now this chemical is worst than whats in our tea but together they are a time bomb.
Interesting nobody on care 2 has done an article about the recent banning of foods from countries who use fluride in their water, this ban is from the European court for EU countries to follow.as the court has also ruled fluride a medicine and therefor cannot be put in water supplies.

11:09AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Seems that however hard we try, we can never get away from some form of contamination that not only affects the taste, but may also be harmful. Thanks for sharing.

10:03PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

tea is my mood leveler...hot, sweet and strong. My day can't begin until I've had some. Now I have an even better reason to have it. Thanks

6:50AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank You Sarah,I needed that information about tea because I am Learning more .

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