Sipping on a cup of hot tea may be a safeguard against a lot of health problems, that is, unless your tea is soaked in pesticides. Some leading tea brands contain enough pesticides to poison and slowly kill you.

CBC News recently conducted an investigation on the pesticide levels in some of the most major tea-producing companies. The investigators found that over half of all teas tested had pesticide residues that were above the legally acceptable limit. Multiple chemicals were found in 8 out of 10 teas, with one brand of tea containing over 22 different types of pesticides.

Countless studies have revealed, pesticides have been linked to ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, reproductive and birth defects, as well as cancer. Pesticides can cause harm to the nervous system and the endocrine system by disrupting hormones. Pesticides can pass from the mother during pregnancy which can be very harmful to the developing baby. These pesticides can also be passed through the breast milk of a nursing mother and child.

These dangerous pesticides build up in your body creating detrimental health problems.

The tea companies that were found to contain the highest pesticide levels were as follows:

• Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
• Tetley
• Twinning
• Red Rose
• No Name
• Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
• King Cole
• Signal

For the full list of pesticides in these teas, check out the documentation on CBC’s website, here.

The researchers used an accredited lab to examine the amounts of pesticides on the dry tea leaves, with the same technique employed by the national Food Inspection Agency.

The study results revealed that more than half of all the teas tested contained pesticide residues that were above the recommended allowance. Plus, 8 out of the 10 tea brands tested were also found to contain multiple chemicals, with one of the brands containing over 22 different kinds of pesticides.

Furthermore, some of the pesticides found in these teas, like monocrotophos and endosulfan, are actually in the process of getting banned in few countries, as they negatively affect the environment and represent a threat to workers that handle it.

Best and worst tea brands

Although the majority of the tea brands tested contained traces of pesticides, some brands contained a whopping amount of pesticides while others stayed below the legal limits.

Although zero pesticides are the preferred amount, here is a list of the worst offenders so you will be sure to steer clear of these brands no matter how desperate for tea you are.

  • King Cole – This tea brand is high in pesticides, as well as monocrotophos, which is in the process of getting banned, as it leads to irregular heartbeats, coma, and involuntary defecation.
  • Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea) – This brand of tea contains over 20 different types of pesticides, including endosulfan, which is currently in the process of being banned from many different countries due to its health and environment effects. Side effects of endosulfan consumption include tremors and other effects on the nervous system, and in some cases eating foods containing endosulfan has resulted in death.
  • No Name – This tea brand had lower pesticide content than Uncle Lee’s Green Tea, yet, it still packed more than 10 different pesticides.

As strange as it seems, tea industry doesn’t hide these facts. As a matter of fact, the president of Uncle Lee’s Legends of China admitted that all teas contain pesticides.

“If you drink tea, regular tea, I don’t care what brand is that the fact of life, this agricultural product does have pesticides,” James O’Young stated.

He neglected the fact that the research conducted by the CBC found that Red rose was the only brand that does not contain pesticides out of 10 tested. This shows that tea may be cultivated without pesticide residue and that his statement is just one of the many told by big corporations in order to deceive customers.

Hence, you should support those companies which produce tea free of pesticides by avoiding the ones that are filled with it, like No Name and Uncle Lee’s.

 

source:justamazingrecipes.com ; livingtraditionally.com

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Sipping on a cup of hot tea may be a safeguard against a lot of health problems, that is, unless your tea is soaked in pesticides. Some leading tea brands contain enough pesticides to poison and slowly kill you. CBC News recently conducted an investigation on the pesticide levels in...