Top 10 Safe Tea Brands

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Great news. There are still safe pesticide-free tea brands out there, and my favorite, Yogi tea is on there.

 

Top 10 Safe Tea Brands by Tammy Catania

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Testing Teas for Pesticides

According to a 2014 report done by CBC Marketplace pesticides in some tea exceed the allowable limit.

CBC had 10 different teas tested by an accredited lab, the lab used the same testing method as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Half of the teas tested contained pesticide residues above the allowable limits in Canada. As per the test results eight of the 10 brands tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand containing residues of 22 different pesticides. (1)

But what actually is the allowable pesticide residue in tea? As per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it is 0.1ppm. (2)

Other Countries Are Banning These Ingredients

Two of the chemicals that they found are actually in the process of being banned in other countries.

One of the chemicals found was Endosulfan.

This chemical is one of the most toxic pesticides on the market today. It is responsible for many fatal pesticide poisoning incidents around the world.

Endosulfan is also a xenoestrogen—a synthetic substance that imitates or enhances the effect of estrogens—and it can act as an endocrine disruptor, causing reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans. (3)

The second chemical they found was Monocrotophos. It is acutely toxic to birds and humans. Being also a persistent organic pollutant, it has been banned in the U.S. and many other countries (4)

Top brands of tea that CBC Marketplace had tested

  • Uncle Lee’s Legends of China – Green tea and Jasmine green tea
  • No Name- Black tea
  • King Cole- Orange pekoe
  • Signal- Orange pekoe two cups
  • Twinlings- Earl grey
  • Lipton- Pure green tea and Yellow label black tea
  • Red Rose – Orange pekoe
  • Tetley- Pure green tea

Out of all the teas that were tested, the only one that came back clean was the Red Rose Pekoe. (Here is the full test report from CBC marketplaces lab.)

Did you know that pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption.

Some of the Acute dangers – such as nerve, skin, and eye irritation and damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and systemic poisoning – can sometimes be dramatic, and even occasionally fatal. (5)

Some of the symptoms of Mild Poisoning or Early Symptoms of Acute Poisoning are headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, restlessness, nervousness, perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, thirst, moodiness, soreness in joints, skin irritation, eye irritation, irritation of the nose and throat.

 

Another great place to get amazingly healthy, pesticide tea is from Mountain Rose Herbs.

How to Know if Your Tea Is Safe

  1. Look for the certified organic label on the package so you know that your tea was cultivated without harmful chemicals. You can find information on Organic certification here http://www.pro-cert.org/en/tea
  2. You can grow your own herbs and make your own tea.garden
  3. Research the brands you plan on purchasing. The Environmental Working group has many teas and their ingredient and toxic levels listed. Also, they have a great App that you can use when out at a store shopping.tea7
  4. Do be careful of buying tea that is grown in China or India, even if they state they are organic. Here is some information on the pesticide use in India, and here is some information on the pesticide use in China .

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Thank you registered holistic dietician, Tammy Catania. Stay healthy!

 

Tea-rrific News

Anyone that knows me well knows I love my green tea.  I find it soothing and relaxing.  It’s my go-to beverage instead of coffee.

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Andrew E. Carol recently published a delightful report on the health benefits of drinking tea in the New York Times.

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Eleven studies with almost 23,000 people found for every 3 cups of green tea daily, risk of depression decreases 37%.

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That’s good news as the season changes and some people suffer from unexpected sadness.

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More cheerful news includes your risk of developing diabetes, stroke and other cardiovascular risk factors also decreases.

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And research says it’s good for your body too.  I don’t drink any soda or coffee, which I liken to pouring mud into an engine.

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My absolute personal favorite tea brand is YOGI tea.  I love it, and it comes in decaf and a variety of inspiring flavors.

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I also love that a different cute fortune is attached to the end of each tea bag.

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And I’m a fan of the company philosophy. They use organic ingredients and recycled material.

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The bright varying tea packages can also be organized by color in a kitchen drawer.

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If you have trouble sleeping you’ll love Yogi Bedtime for Sleep.

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Soon it’ll be time for a roaring fireplace, so enjoy your soothing tea time because “a relaxed mind is a creative mind.”

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Link to New York Time’s articlehttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/upshot/what-the-evidence-tells-us-about-tea.html

Related stories. USA Today and Washington Post released a story about plastics in tea bags. I scrolled to the end to find out which tea brands were harmful. Apparently, the tea bags that form those cute triangles have plastic in them. Even though they look like paper, it’s plastic that holds it together. Okie-dokie. Here are other brands containing plastic:

“So which tea bags contain plastic?

Brands that use plastic sealants include Tetley, Twinings’ ‘heat-sealed’ and ‘string and tag’ ranges, Yorkshire Tea and some Aldi tea bags.

Co-Op and PG Tips have all switched to 100% compostable bags.

Abel & Cole and Teapigs using plant-based SoilOn and Clipper makes a plastic-free teabag made from bananas, while some Tetley and Twinings ranges are biodegradable.

But if you want to be absolutely sure your tea is plastic free, loose leaves are the best way to go.” -Published in USA Today, September, 2019

Link to Yogi Teahttp://www.yogiproducts.com

Stay healthy!

Maria

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Maria Dorfner is the founder of NewsMD. This is her blog.

Contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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