Still indulging in these convenient and fast tea bags? – It’s even in vain, because a self-respecting person will not throw anything into his body … Today we will try once and for all to discourage readers from buying “surrogate” tea and reveal all the secrets of unscrupulous manufacturers.
What are tea bags made from?
Tea in bags gives scammers the opportunity to deceive us and place tea dust, that is, tea production waste, instead of crushed high-quality tea. In India and China, these wastes are not used, they are bought by unscrupulous tea producers. The price of 10 kg of tea dust is only $ 10, that is, the cost of packaging such tea is measured in pennies. In some tea bags you can find not only dust, but also grass, sawdust and other nonsense (as we say, “broom”). It is not easy to analyze the contents of a tea bag with the naked eye, but it is still possible to determine the replacement of ground tea with cheap dust.
Even if the box turned out to be clean, there are no guarantees that real ground loose leaf tea has not survived its expiration date (there are about 20% of such a “product” in Russia, and most often it is packaged in bags). Expired tea not only loses all its beneficial properties, but also contains aflatoxin, a waste product of microscopic fungi. This is a very dangerous substance for health, which in high concentrations causes irreversible liver damage.
Shelf life of tea – 3 years
At first glance, it seems that everything is simple: you can look at the production time on the package, add three years and compare with today’s date. However, the packaging does not indicate the time of collection from the plantations, but the date of packaging – while the tea leaves themselves could be stored for decades in some basement …
How to check if you can drink the purchased tea?
The price does not play a role – after all, it is the expensive varieties of tea that are most often faked. The Investigate community advises looking at the tea immediately after brewing. If after brewing tea a small foam appears on the surface of the drink – the tea is fresh, if not, then it was collected more than two years ago. Spoiled tea also leaves behind a dark residue-residue on the walls of the teapot.
A few words about dyes and flavors
Why do bags brew so quickly? Because it is cheaper to buy low-quality tea (old and coarse tea leaves, if dust), add a dye to it and pass it off as the highest grade (the youngest and most tender leaves). True, dyes are not indicated in the description of the composition on the packaging. Detecting dyes in tea is easy – just dip the tea bag in cold water. If it starts to stain (water can also become cloudy), then this is due to the paint. You can also put a slice of lemon – natural tea will quickly brighten. “Fruit” and “flower” tea bags (and leaf tea too) often contain a lethal amount of flavors – with them the manufacturer tries to hide the absence of the natural taste and smell of tea. These chemical flavors (“identical to natural”) are ten times cheaper and, moreover, stronger than natural ones. And pieces of dried fruit (waste from other food production) are added only so that they can be indicated in the composition.
Food manufacturers rarely indicate which flavors are in the product. And it is no coincidence – after all, synthetic flavors contain toxic substances that promote the growth of cancer cells, cause liver dysfunction, and change metabolism. These effects do not appear immediately, because all kinds of chemistry likes to accumulate in the body first, undermine the body’s defenses, and only then strike at all organ systems. These are the “tea ceremonies”!
A group of scientists led by Michael White from the University of Washington College of Medicine found out that the fluoride content in tea bags was many times exceeded. They conducted an experiment in which they brewed ten different varieties of instant tea using water that did not contain fluorine at all.
Measurement of its level in the resulting drink showed figures up to 6.5 parts of fluorine compounds per million at a rate of no more than 4 parts. Science has long known the ability of tea leaves to accumulate fluorides in themselves – and the lower the grade of tea, the more old leaves have time to “absorb” them. Doctors warn that excess fluoride concentration in the body causes hardening of bone tissue and increases its fragility. Further, a disease such as skeletal fluorosis may develop, which is accompanied by the formation of bone spikes and fusion of the vertebrae, pain in the bone and joint tissue, darkening of tooth enamel, etc.
What about paper?
Most tea bags are made from filter paper (rarely nylon). It is made from cellulose and cotton, but there is one “but” … Try pouring tea into a paper napkin and brew it in a mug: when you start stirring the zaparka, the paper will tear and turn into porridge. Why does a thin and translucent bag remain surprisingly strong after a long stay in water? The fact is that in the vast majority of cases filter paper is impregnated with special synthetic resins dissolved in alcohol or acetone.
After impregnation, filter paper acquires additional resistance to mechanical, thermal and climatic influences: paper fibers are firmly bound at the intersection, and they are not afraid of vigorous stirring with a spoon, or lemon juice, or other aggressive influences. Therefore, if you want to be healthy, as well as maintain the image of a successful and thinking person, resist the temptation to save two or three minutes with a tea bag. Even if you are busy with work in the office, you deserve to drink a real invigorating drink from a ceramic cup – and not slop from a plastic cup.