I am a huge tea lover and you never find me sitting somewhere long without a mug of spicy hot tea! I recently discovered that my all natural tea is not really as green and good as I thought and believe me it was quite shocking for me! I know a lot of you try to eat organic and vegan, but did you ever think of checking your tea brand?
Check systematically what is wrong with your supermarket brand:
- Pesticides: The problem with conventional tea is that the amount of pesticides that are used for the plants is very high. Especially with regards to green and black tea - mono/cultures are just asking for bugs and the only way the conventional industry is fighting them are high doses of toxins.
- Flavoured Tea: Never buy tea that is flavoured - meaning added artificial flavour. The standard allowance for toxins is even higher in flavoured teas. Watch out for any suspicious sounding brands and check the ingredients.
- Mineral Oil. 17 teas that have been tested by Oekotest showed slight amounts of mineral oil. Now we are trying to avoid this substance as much as we can in our hair care and now we are drinking polluted tea? Mineral oil is a sign of poor agriculture and could have been avoided with a proper standard. Keep in mind that the origin of tea is mostly Africa and Asia with a background of high poverty and a very low salary for employees. That's why you want to buy fair-trade products!
- Plastic packaging: The new fancy nylon bags are made of plastic and hot boiling water will release micro particle that you will consume. Avoid packaging all together if possible and use loose tea.
- Please buy organic tea and toss your conventional products. Or buy herbal plants , dry the leaves and make your own tea. Organic brands can not use pesticides if they are certified.
- Try to buy fair-trade if you can.
I have again a very good documentary for you, the best I found was from NDR and is in German.
Did you know about toxic teas? How do you cope with this issue?