Its shocking to learn that even tea, a drink we are led to believe is healthy for us, is actually tainted with pesticides. The CBC News did an investigation regarding the major tea companies, and the pesticide levels connected to their tea products. Here are the companies which were investigated:
Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
Uncle Lees Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
They used testing methodology which the national Food Inspection Agency uses, in order to test the pesticide residue which is on the dry tea leaves.
Here come the results: more than half of all the teas that were tested, had actual pesticide residue on them and they were above the level which is legally accepted! It gets worse. Multiple chemicals, one with 22 different pesticide types, were found in 8 of the 10 teas tested.
Here are some of the pesticides found:
Endosulfan and monocrotophos. These are important to note as they are actually being banned in several countries due to the health risks of the workers who are handling them, and the negative environmental impact they have. Yet they were found on the tea leaves, and hence the tea we end up drinking.
Here are the worst of the worst, as you will no doubt want to avoid buying, let alone consuming, these offenders:
Uncle Lees Legends of China (Green Tea).
Over 20 different types of pesticides, including endosulfan, which is being banned in many countries as mentioned. Here are the side effects: tremors, effects on the nervous system, and in some cases food consumption with this in it has caused death.
Not as bad as the above, but still has a whopping 10 different types of pesticides. Nasty.
Not as bad as No Name, but it does actually have a wider variety, with the notorious, as mentioned before, monocrotophos. This has been linked with involuntary defecation, irregular heartbeat and can actually induce comas.
Red Rose was the only one that came back free of pesticide residues.
Check out these results:
CFIA tests confirmed that many brands tested had levels exceeding the legal pesticide amount allowed.
And yes, these pesticide residues do make their way into brewed tea. This according to a CFIA study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry which states:
“The pesticide residues were likely transferred from tea leaves to brewed tea during the brewing process, and may therefore pose a risk to consumers.
Avoid brands that contain pesticides and instead support the pesticide-free tea companies no matter if its more money as this is extremely important for your well being and overall health.
Share this important info with all of your tea drinking friends and families.