Your Favorite Tea Could be Toxic!
Tea drinkers, listen up! I'm assuming you think you're being healthy every time you brew a cup of your fave, all natural tea, right? I mean, I definitely do. In general, tea = healthy. But you know what they say: NEVER ASSUME. Because in all actuality, that tea is only healthy if it's made the right way.
So... bad news: your beloved brand is probably on the Naughty List (see chart below). But good news: it's really important to know what you're putting into your body and what you should throw in the trash. And now, you'll be in the know :)
This chart was made by FoodBabe.com and here, you can see exactly how your go-to tea brand stacks up:
To explain further, if tea isn't washed properly before it's packaged, anything that that tea was sprayed with while growing (including cancer-causing pesticides) is now in your cup and you're literally sipping on toxins.
Now, the use of natural flavors doesn't seem that bad. But what it actually translates to is companies using other flavors to cover up their low-quality tea. And those always-ambiguous, 'natural flavors' could come from anything. Don't you want to know exactly what you're drinking?!
And it's not just what's inside your tea bag that counts. Packaging is a major concern, too! Most tea bags are made from food grade nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are the two safest plastics when it comes to leaching. However, no one says that the molecules in those tea bags WON'T break down when submerged in boiling water... which is precisely how you make your tea.
So, you're best bet is to drink loose leaf tea, brewing it in a stainless steel or glass strainer. Make sure the tea you're buying is certified organic and non-GMO. And when going to a restaurant, bring your own!
Now THAT my friends, is something worth cheersing.
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