Pesticides are very useful when it comes for destroying pests that are harmful to crops, but the truth is that these substances can seriously damage people’s health. That is why we are all trying to avoid them by all means, but that seems quite impossible. Unfortunately the pesticides are everywhere. They are sprayed in school playgrounds and public parks, and even the products that we buy from the grocery stores are high in these toxic substances.
That is why as a precaution, we should thoroughly wash our products before we consume them, or we should stick to buy organic or homegrown fruits and vegetables. Recently it has been discovered extremely high levels of these toxic substances in several popular tea brands including Twinings, Lipton and Tetley.
Pesticides in Tea
The following major tea-producing companies were included in a CBC News investigation on pesticide levels:
- Red Rose
- Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
- King Cole
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
- No Name
Employing the same testing method as the one employed by the national Food Inspection Agency, the investigators from CBC carried out their testing of the pesticide residue on the dry tea leaves in an accredited lab. The results were showing that more than half of all the teas that were included in the testing, were containing pesticide residues that were above the legally acceptable limit. In eigh of the ten teas tested were also found multiple chemicals. And i one of these teas was found over 22 different kinds of pesticides.
Endosulfan and monocrotophos, are the two types of pesticides that were found in the teas tested. They are substances that aren’t good for the human health and the environment, and that is why they are banned in several countries.
Which Are the Best and Worst Tea Brands?
The pesticide-free teas should be our best option. Here’s a list of the worst tea brands that you shoudn’t consume them:
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea) – This tea brand contains over 20 different types of pesticides, including endosulfan, the substance that is banned in several countries. Consuming endosulfan can cause side effects such as tremors as well as other negative effects on the nervous system, while in some cases its consumption has also led to death.
- No Name – This tea contains over 10 different pesticides.
- King Cole – This tea brand contains monocrotophos, a chemical that can give rise to irregular heartbeat and involuntary defecation, as well as to induce comas.
The CBC’s investigation found out that only one brand of the 10 tea brands that were tested in the investigation, came back completely free of pesticides. That brand was Red Rose, that is the only brand that was completely pesticide-free and the brand that restores our faith in safe and pesticide-free food.
Stop buying teas that are full of pesticides and buy the brands that are producing teas thar are pesticide-free.