Truth About Teas
There are people in the world who may consider themselves as tea dependent as they believe that tea gives them a boost of good health or relaxation after a stressful day.
Tea comes with a number of benefits and there’s no denying its advantages. Drinking tea is surprisingly more popular than drinking coffee. According to The Washington Post:
Drinking tea is not new and in fact it’s existed for thousands of year. Back as far as the early Chinese dynasties. In the ancient Chinese times, drinking tea is a tradition and not only for certain occasions. The Camellia Sinensis (tea) leaves were used as a tea in a powder or ground form and placed directly into the water to infuse it with herbal essence (I don't mean the shampoo!) 🤪
Nowadays, tea is a far cry from the unadulterated version of the original Chinese tea and most brands claim that their tea provides health benefits such as antioxidants, improved digestion and helps combat diseases.
Always be careful of the source and how it's made, processed and packaged up. Clever marketing can be deceptive.
What Is There To Know About Teas?
Modern teas however, can be laden with cancer causing pesticides, toxins artificial ingredients, bleach (the bags), added flavours and GMO’s. In this day and age, it is especially important to become cautious of the products we are consuming.
I’m an avid tea drinker and I used to drink conventional teas but when I found out that most teas are not washed (yuck!) before it’s even put inside a bag, I gave it up and chose organic teas!
If teas aren’t washed and are sprayed with pesticides, imagine those cancer causing pesticides being poured directly into your cup (how disgusting). 🤮
What about the Bag?
When tea is not loose it comes in a bag, that might be a paper bag (that’s often bleached with chemicals) or it comes in one of those nylon pyramid bags which are so on trend now (unfortunately).
Just imagine adding hot water to plastic and what might happen? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this isn’t a good idea….
Brand of Teas You Need To Know
I was devastated too when I discovered how toxic my favourite tea was but all that changed when I gave it up and replaced it with Planet Organic and Perfect Matchinga (a blend of Organic Matcha and moringa powder).
I also really enjoy the Perfect Flavoured collagen powder with hot water as a tea, they have 2 delicious flavours - chocolate and elderberry and they contain NO sugar either!
If you enjoy a nice grassy tea with loads of nutrients and a lovely earthiness (like a big hug from mother nature herself), you will no doubt enjoy a mug of warm matchinga tea! Add raw honey for extra taste and health benefits. I will share a list of safe Australian teas below. 🇦🇺
Safe Teas to Take
This list is not fully-comprehensive but is just a guideline on some Australian teas that are safe as far as I know. You can click here to read a more inclusive blog.
Here are the brands:
- Daintree Teas
- Lotus Peak
- Madura Teas
- Nature's Cuppa
- Planet Organic (see my online conversation with them below)
- Virgin Garden
You might like to try:
Grating some fresh ginger & turmeric and a little organic monk fruit powder or raw honey with hot water for a lovely anti-inflammatory tea or general health tonic. This is one of my all-time favourites! 😍
Take note of the following tea brands that does not only contain toxic pesticides, most of them contain artificial flavouring too. Brands like Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, Twinings, Tetley, Bigelow, Mighty Leaf, Teavanna, Tazo, Davids Tea and many more.
Steer away from teas in bags if you are unsure whether they bleach the bags or not. If you are unsure, reach out to their customer service and wait for a reply. If they use oxygen to naturally whiten the bags that is a safe option.
Be Careful of 'Green Washing'
They may try to "green wash" you with clever marketing terms like "natural". A label it with the word ‘natural’ but natural alone doesn’t mean it’s healthy and safe to consume, it’s advisable to read the labels thoroughly before purchasing a product. 🕵🏼♀️
The word "natural" absolutely can mean it is natural and safe to use but don't always take tings at face value, do your due diligence and contact the company.
I know you may feel a bit upset right now, don’t worry because there are still many brands that can be trusted when it comes to quality organic teas like the ones mentioned above (in this article). These brands make sure that it follows sustainable farming methods and fair trade standards.
Organic teas may be a little more expensive than the conventional ones but they are 100% safe (if not in a pyramid/bleached bag), healthy and definitely worth it!
You’ll not only reap the healthy benefits of these teas, but you’re also supporting ethical, sustainable and organic farming practices. 🌱
Stay On Top of the Game
If you don’t want to fall for the trap of commercialised teas giving you empty promises about its health benefits, then stay on top of the game by doing the following tips:
1. Always, always make it a habit to drink organic and non-GMO tea brands only! The ones mentioned above are the ones I’d recommend.
2. Read the labels thoroughly and make sure that the tea package doesn’t have added flavours and that it’s non-GMO.
3. When eating in a restaurant, bring your own tea! Most restaurants have the basic teas but they’re not usually organic.
4. As mentioned, avoid teas in pyramid/nylon bags and avoid chemically bleached tea bags.
Make healthy and informed choices when drinking tea. You might also wanna share this article to a fellow tea drinker? 🍵
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