When tested, one of these brands contained a whopping 22 different pesticides. Yikes!
Pesticides have not only almost completely overtaken the entire food supply, they are even being sprayed in school playgrounds, public parks, recreational fields and else where. Their toxic presence is inescapable.
Awareness of this menacing presence is growing thank in large part to the internet. People are making sure to buy organic and also give their produce a good wash before consuming or cooking.
But every time we feel like we have got it figured it out, the money minded food and beverage corporations hit us with a new problem.
The latest example is the discovery of absurdly high levels of pesticides in some of the world’s leading tea brands. This includes Tetley, Red Rose, Lipton, and Twinings.
List Of Tea Brands Tested
CBC News conducted an investigation on pesticide levels in leading tea brands;
- Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
- Red Rose
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
- King Cole
- No Name
Using a certified lab, CBC investigators used the same testing methods of the national Food Inspection Agency to test pesticide levels.
The investigators found that more than half of all the teas they tested had pesticide levels surpassing the legal limit.
8 out of the 10 teas tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand of tea containing over 22 different types of pesticides!
To put the seriousness of this into perspective, some of the pesticides that were discovered in the tea included endosulfan and monocrotophos, which are currently in process of being banned by several countries because of their health risks!
So Which Were The Best and Worst Brands
Although majority of the tea brands tested contained traces of pesticides (only one brand didn’t, we’ll get to that in a bit), some brands contained a whopping amount of pesticides while others stayed below the legal limits. Although zero pesticides are the preferred amount, here is a list of the worst offenders so you will be sure to steer clear of these brands no matter how desperate for tea you are:
- Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea). This brand of tea is the worst of the worst. It contains more than 20 different types of pesticides, including the very hamrful endosulfan, which is currently in process of being banned in several countries.
Side effects of endosulfan include tremors, nervous system collapse, and in extreme cases has resulted in death.
- No Name. Although nowhere near the level of Uncle Lee’s Green Tea, this tea contains over 10 different types of pesticides and should be avoided as a result.
- King Cole. This tea is not as bad as those above it, but it does have enough pesticides that it should be avoided, including monocrotophos, which is known to cause diarrhea, heart problems and has even been known to induce comas It is also currently in process of being banned in some parts of the world.
Red rose tea was the ONLY tea that actually came back pesticide free. Keep that in mind next time you are searching the isles and the grocery store.
For a full list of the different tea brands tested during CBC’s investigation, click here.
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