Tea: Are You Drinking Pesticides?

145996975You may not be thinking about this, but it’s true. Your cup of tea may be loaded with pesticides. Even popular brands you may buy are not immune to this. That is if they are Celestial Seasonings and Lipton. Both of these brands contain high-levels of pesticides in their teas, research shows.

Even if those are not the brands you buy, it is particularly important that you pay attention to this for the brands that you do buy even if the teas you drink are organic. Organic certification on the labeling is still your best bet yet in buying tea that is produced without the use of synthetic harmful ingredients, however, “Organic tea isn’t an instant solution to problems in tea growing. Many farming practices can be certified as organic while still committing human-rights abuses or being damaging to the environment,” according to RateTea.com, a site that allows you to rate and review teas and is committed to sustainability,

Therefore, if organic tea isn’t an instant solution to this, you can just imagine what non-organic teas may contain. Let’s look at what recent research studies show regarding pesticides in tea. Greenpeace tested teas imported from China and India since they are the world’s largest and second largest producers of tea, respectively, and the organization published the results in two reports called Pesticides: Hidden Ingredients in Chinese Tea and Trouble Brewing: Pesticide residues in tea samples from India.

For China’s teas, Greenpeace found that all of the 18 teas sampled, they contain a “variety of pesticides,” and “as many as 29 pesticides were detected.” AlterNet reported that “nearly 67 percent of [China’s tea sampled] contained pesticides that have been previously banned under the Stockholm Convention.”

Key findings show that a total of 34 pesticides were found in 46 of the 49 Indian teas tested, and 46 or 94% of them contained residues of at least one pesticide. Close to 60% of the samples contained more than 10 different pesticides, and nearly 60% of the samples contained at least one ingredient above the Maximum Residue Level set by the European Union (EU-MRL), with almost 40% of the teas sampled exceeding the levels by more than 50%.

What does this all mean?

This information does not mean that you should not continue to drink tea or that tea time is a thing of the past. I personally still drink tea. This information helps you to be more conscientious and be more mindful about what you put into your mouth especially if you are a tea lover like me.

Even if you buy the same brand every time and it tests good for you in the past, it’s vitally important to continue to check each time you purchase new food and beverages of the same brand. In fact, I recall listening to Beth Daniel, co-founder of Quantum Techniques (QT), speak one time about an experience she had had with her tea. Daniel buys the same brand of green tea each time, yet, one time, she tested her tea and it didn’t test good. From self-testing, she found out that the tea bag had mold on it.

That’s why at QT, it is strongly urged that you muscle-test all your foods and beverages you consume all the time. That is one of the ways you can minimize your health risks and reduce your toxin stress levels. And, it’s just one simple step. To learn more about self muscle-testing, go here.

So after learning about pesticides in tea, can you still drink tea?

Yes, you can still have your tea and drink it too.

For a list of organic teas and organic tea companies, go to Ratetea.com. There are 218 of them listed in alphabetical order. Click each one to learn more about the brand.






About Sarah Bun

Sarah writes about the QT life + style and everything in between. When she is not empowering through words, you may find her in the kitchen whipping up some no-sugar added paleo and raw desserts. If you don’t catch her there, then you may just find her somewhere with a notebook and pen—writing.

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