Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Drink Tea? You Could Be Consuming Beaver Extracts!

Although it's generally common knowledge that tea contains anti-oxidants and helps to protect against many cancer-causing agents, it's also true, though not as well known that many popular tea brands also contain toxic chemicals or substances, usually as a result of using pesticides.

According to a study carried out by EuroFins, 91% of teas produced by Celestial Seasonings (an American tea company) were found to contain higher levels of pesticides than are permissible by US law.

Other brands of tea found to include high levels of pesticides are Mighty Leaf, Tetley, Twinings, Bigelow, Tazo and Lipton and there are also many more.

Furthermore, many of these teas also include additives such as artificial flavouring. However, although such flavourings are artificial, if they originate from nature they can simply be labelled as "natural flavouring" which may include additives such as Carmine, also known as Natural Red 4, which is made from ground up Cochina beetles and is used as red food colouring.

Another substance often used in many teas is Castoreum. Castoreum is a chemical which is extracted from the glands of a beaver, which are located near it's anus. However, not all tea manufacturers resort to using such methods and there are still plenty of tea brands that are good for you.

The best teas to drink are teas which come from the Camellia Sinensis plant which is native to China and India - these teas contain anti-oxidants called flavonoids which can help protect against many types of cancer and heart disease.

Some healthier and more reputable brands of tea, rather than those mentioned above, are Numi, Choice Organics, Traditional Medicinals, Rishi and Zhyna’s Gypsy Tea. However, these brands do tend to be more expensive despite being certified organic.

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