Although it's generally common knowledge that tea contains anti-oxidants and helps to protect against many cancer-causing agents, it's also true, though not as well known that many popular tea brands also contain toxic chemicals or substances, usually as a result of using pesticides.
According to a study carried out by EuroFins, 91% of teas produced by
Celestial Seasonings (an American tea company) were found to contain
higher levels of pesticides than are permissible by US law.
Other brands of tea found to include high levels of pesticides are
Mighty Leaf, Tetley, Twinings, Bigelow, Tazo and Lipton and there are
also many more.
Furthermore, many of these teas also include additives
such as artificial flavouring. However, although such flavourings are
artificial, if they originate from nature they can simply be labelled as
"natural flavouring" which may include additives such as Carmine, also
known as Natural Red 4, which is made from ground up Cochina beetles and
is used as red food colouring.
Another substance often used in many teas is Castoreum. Castoreum is a
chemical which is extracted from the glands of a beaver, which are
located near it's anus. However, not all tea manufacturers resort to
using such methods and there are still plenty of tea brands that are
good for you.
The best teas to drink are teas which come from the
Camellia Sinensis plant which is native to China and India - these teas
contain anti-oxidants called flavonoids which can help protect against
many types of cancer and heart disease.
Some healthier and more reputable brands of tea, rather than those
mentioned above, are Numi, Choice Organics, Traditional Medicinals,
Rishi and Zhyna’s Gypsy Tea. However, these brands do tend to be more
expensive despite being certified organic.
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