3Best and Worst Brands of Tea
While the majority of brands of tea that were tested contained trace amounts of pesticides (only one brand didn’t come up with any – more on that later), some brands contained massive amounts of them, while others stayed below the legal limits. Naturally, zero pesticides are the optimal amount, but here is a list of the worst offenders. No matter how much you’re wanting tea, avoid these companies at all costs.
Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea):
Containing over 20 different types of pesticides, including endosulfan – currently in the process of being banned from use in many countries due to health and environmental effects. Intake of endosulfan can result in side effects including tremors and other effects on the nervous system, and in some cases eating food containing it has resulted in death. Stay away!
While nowhere near as bad as Uncle Lee’s (Toxic) Green Tea, it still contains more than ten different types of pesticides.
Though not as densely packed with pesticides as No Name, it does contain a wider assortment of pesticides within, including the in the process of being banned monocrotophos, known to cause irregular heartbeat, involuntary defecation, and even induce comas.
Through all of this the tea industry has made their voice heard. James O’Young, vice president of Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (who you probably recognize from earlier in this article for containing the most pesticides) went on the defensive for his brand with this quote:
“If you drink tea, regular tea, I don’t care what brand it is, the fact of life, this agricultural product does have pesticides” O’ Young was quoted as saying.
In making this statement, O’Young is ignoring the fact that an investigation by the CBC found that out of the ten different brands of tea tested, Red Rose was the only product that passed the test, that is coming back completely free of pesticides. Proving not only that is it possible to cultivate the tea without spraying it down with dangerous pesticides, but also that lobbyists and representatives from big corporations are outright lying to the public about it.
Purchase your tea only from companies that you know contain little to know pesticides. Support the pesticide free companies, and support your well being and overall health.