When tested, one of these brands contained a whopping 22 different pesticides. Yikes!
Pesticides have not only almost completely overtaken the entire food supply, they are even being sprayed in school playgrounds, public parks, recreational fields and else where. Their toxic presence is inescapable.
Awareness of this menacing presence is growing thank in large part to the internet. People are making sure to buy organic and also give their produce a good wash before consuming or cooking.
But every time we feel like we have got it figured it out, the money minded food and beverage corporations hit us with a new problem.
The latest example is the discovery of absurdly high levels of pesticides in some of the world’s leading tea brands. This includes Tetley, Red Rose, Lipton, and Twinings.
List Of Tea Brands Tested
CBC News conducted an investigation on pesticide levels in leading tea brands;
– Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
– Red Rose
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
– King Cole
– No Name
Using a certified lab, CBC investigators used the same testing methods of the national Food Inspection Agency to test pesticide levels.
The investigators found that more than half of all the teas they tested had pesticide levels surpassing the legal limit.
8 out of the 10 teas tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand of tea containing over 22 different types of pesticides!
To put the seriousness of this into perspective, some of the pesticides that were discovered in the tea included endosulfan and monocrotophos, which are currently in process of being banned by several countries because of their health risks!
The majority of the herbs are not cleaned prior to the drying procedure, which implies that non-organic tea contains pesticide residues. A a great deal of tea brands, consisting of those that are considered as natural or pesticide complimentary, include pesticides called carginogens in quantities above the United States and EU limits!
2. Substances found in the teabag material
Teabags are in some cases made from plastics (which can possibly leach particles when soaked in boiling water), corn-based eco-friendly material (probably GMO), or paper processed with damp strength agents, such as polymerized epichlorohydrin.
Unpolymerized epichlorohydrin is used in the bug control methods and it is likewise thought about to be a prospective carcinogen. Although lab tests showed that tea bags and coffee filters contain percentages of this compound, it is still present.
You can still avoid any seeping from the teabag material if you utilize loose leaf tea, however if you still choose your preferred tea, try this. Empty the material into a teapot and prepare your tea in the standard method using a strainer. Compare both methods of preparation, simply to check if there is any difference in the flavor.
3. “Natural tastes”.
” Natural flavors” stands for flavorings “which have their origin in nature”. On the other hand, these might be made from animal or plant sources, and likewise processed in a number of ways.
It is not simply that you could be even allergic to it, it is also about the processing – despite the fact that some of the compounds used as natural flavors are revolting in their own right. “Natural tastes” might mean something that consists of castoreum, and you would never ever understand it …
4. Artificial tastes.
Do you ever question why does tea requirement flavoring at all? Really, modern-day agriculture is so aggressive, that at the end the item is bland-tasting, and flavorings are more than required, in order to make the tea taste as it should. So, next time make sure to check the labels for anything like “flavors” or “flavorings”.
These things take place since big companies are excited to create marketable products, but also to cut costs and increase their earnings, which leads to bad quality.
If adequate number of individuals ask a much better quality of the food they buy, companies would feel the pressure of the laws of supply. Whatever remains in your hands, so aim to make wise choices, and take more appreciate the food quality. Do a research study by yourself and add to a much better world.