Pesticides may protect plants against insects, but these substances are made of harsh chemicals that are detrimental to human health. That’s why you should stick to organic produce as much as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. You may try to avoid pesticides, but you can never succeed completely because these harmful chemicals are everywhere around you – school playgrounds are sprayed with them, public parks are sprayed with them, produce you buy at the supermarket is sprayed with them.
And, that’s not all. A recent study revealed that pesticides can still creep into your home, even if you buy organic produce only or wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly before consumption. Namely, the study found that several popular tea brands including Twinings, Lipton and Tetley contained high amounts of these toxic substances.
Pesticides in Tea
Several popular tea manufacturers 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
In a quality control laboratory, the researchers used a single testing method (as the one used by the national Food Inspection Agency) to determine pesticide residue on dry tea leaves. The study results revealed that more than half of all the teas tested contained pesticide residues that were above the recommended allowance. Plus, 8 out of the 10 tea brands tested were also found to contain multiple chemicals, with one of the brands containing over 22 different kinds of pesticides.