Tea can be a great way to guarantee good health in consumers. The Camellia Sinensis plant – native to China and India – is responsible for many different teas including: Black, green, white, oolong and pu – erh, and contains flavonoins – which is known to help fight free radicals, which contributes to cancers and heart disease. Although many herbal teas have beneficial aspects, they possess health exploits as well and lack the amount and level of benefits that the Camellia plant provides.
Tea drinking is a common daily practice in many nations and have been so for many years. Tea is known to include cancer fighting elements and many other diseases fighting elements as well, however, Although these claims may hold truth, tea has also been known for its toxic elements as well.
Does the advantages of drinking tea out weight the disadvantage? If teas carry dangerous pesticides, does its properties of fighting cancer changes its significance? Does the toxic properties in subjected teas out-weigh the beneficial properties? And vice versa. Some of the market’s leading tea brands have tested extreme in levels of tea toxins, but yet continues to produce and profit extremely. What makes this situation even worse is that these brands market just the beneficial health qualities of the product and exert no efforts towards excluding or at least minimizing existing toxins from pesticide uses. This is act is an example of greedy companies that chooses profit gain over the well being of their consumers.
Below holds a chart that includes popular tea brands that indicates whether or not it contains pesticides and additives.
Let’s take a look at a few tea brands (no names mentioned) that currently contains the highest levels of pesticide levels. I was sadly struck when I discovered that my favorite tea brand was one of the worse toxic teas. I always loved it and had grown extremely attached to its entire collection. There was something about its branding and quality that I was attracted to and it’s very concerning that many different tea brands throughout America, with the same level of attractiveness to others, contain high levels of pesticide that sadly exceeds US federal norms. Older tea brands in earlier years were extremely organic. It seems as though tea brands were much more concerned with the interest of good health in people, but now, it appears as if the level of market competitiveness has increased, and because of so, companies are interested more in company profit gain through quantity than they are in product quality.
In addition to brands’ pesticide inclusions in teas, artificial flavoring is an issue as well. Consumers may never recognize that their consumed tea of choice, includes such ingredient. This is due to the company’s ingredient masking practices which in this case, masks this ingredient under the “Natural flavoring” category.
Many consumers believe that if a product claims all- natural it is healthier, but this is deemed untrue. Many all natural tea products include harmful additives, such as: Castoreum (a chemical taken from the glands of a beaver which is located near its anus), Carmine (Natural Red #4, which is made out of dried and grounded up Cochina beetles) and many others, which are not recommended for human consumption.
This article was not created to make readers feel as though they were deceived, neither to exploit larger tea companies. Trustworthy tea companies do exist in the market, that provides quality organic teas to customers and monitors its teas’ chemical and additive content and practices safe and sustainable farming and trade methods. Searching carefully for such tea brands may be required, in order to find a clean and safe one and once found, may be a bit pricey but, the quality you would get from such brand, deserves such monetary value. By resulting in a high quality tea from a high quality company, you would not only get pure organic and safe drinking tea, you would support ethical, sustainable and organic practices from reputable companies and ensure that the tea market continues to produce high quality teas to its consumers. And with consumers continued support in such regard, and consumer conversions from toxin brands to purer brands, many toxin brands would feel nearly obligated to change their current practices to a purer one.
Now that the truth about consumers favorite tea brands have been revealed, consumers can make: wiser, more informed and healthier choices, when it comes to buying healthier teas.
Sources and additional information:
treehugger.com – webmd.com
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