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Is Too Much Tea Bad For Your Health?

Is Too Much Tea Bad For Your Health?

A recent U.K. study looked at tea and health, and the results might surprise you.

Fluoride is a controversial compound. Here in the U.S., many municipalities add it to the water supply in the name of improving dental health, but some research suggests that too much fluoride could be bad for us. In fact, groups like Fluoride Out advocate against adding fluoride to drinking water for a slough of reasons. So, what does fluoride have to do with tea and health?

No matter what your stance is as far as fluoridated drinking water, there is strong evidence that too much fluoride can be detrimental to our health. More than 4mg per day can cause bone decay, muscle problems, and even chronic pain.

Related Reading: Chronic Pain? You’re not alone.

A U.K. study at the University of Derby found that many bulk brands of supermarket black tea contained 75 to 120 percent of your daily value of fluoride. Combine that with other fluoride sources, like fluoridated drinking water or toothpaste, and avid tea-drinkers could be taking in far more than the recommended dosage of fluoride.

Tea and Health

The study compared 38 brands of U.K. tea and found that “economy” teas and instant teas – especially supermarket brands – tended highest in fluoride. The supermarket brands they studied included Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. Infused green tea blends were next highest on the list, with specialty teas like oolong following. closely behind.

This most recent study costs $42 to download, but you can check out excerpts of some previous research into tea and health over at Fluoride Action Network.

Unfortunately, companies don’t have to disclose fluoride levels as part of a product’s nutritional information, but as a result of this research experts are calling for a change in labeling laws.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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9:27PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Ok I looked it up and tea is apparently a fluoride concentrating plant. So if there's a lot in the dirt, and the older the plant, the more it will have concentrated in it. Organic would not necessarily make a difference if the dirt has a lot of fluoride.

11:29PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

To much water would be bad for you

5:15AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

I love tea! I drink lots of water. But Angela is right, too much of anything is bad.

8:27PM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Where does the fluoride come in with tea? Will drinking organic teas make a difference?

7:51PM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

I love tea, thanks

11:48PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

This is not really comprehensible. As brands themselves neither contain any fluoride nor do Iever drink them, you better had depicted which packages your numbers are about : 100 grams, half a pound or what else ???
Since even a packet of 50 grams might easily suffice for 5 to 7 litres roughly, few people might drink this quantity within one day. So after all, even a daily pot of tea might increase your regular fluoride dose by maybe 5 % - otherwise, please explain !

8:16PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

I dunno, Lynn, I might not even drink water. I hear it gets a person wet! LMAO... I drink lots of water every day. You might say I am even hooked on it. LOL! I agree with you.

6:16PM PDT on Sep 7, 2014

Thanks, I'll drink water!!!!

12:53PM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

Notato,grazie.

10:23AM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

Too much ANYTHING is bad for you.

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