There’s nothing like a hot tea to keep you cozy during the cold months. But while that cup might be comforting, you may want to reconsider if you’re not going organic.
Only Organic spilled the tea on why you may want to prioritize tea leaves that are organically harvested and avoid the use of additional chemicals.
Here are three reasons you should reach for that organic blend next time when you need to reload on the tea.
Conventional tea growers use pesticides
A Greenpeace study from 2012 found that of 18 conventionally grown teas tested, all 18 samples contained at least three types of pesticides, and 12 of the 18 samples contained at least one pesticide banned for use on tea.
This is important to keep in mind when it comes to replenish your tea at home, as the first time that tea leaves are washed is when they are used to make the drink.
Many conventional tea growers also use GMO additives
In addition to the use of pesticides, many conventional tea growers include genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In teas, this usually means modified corn starch and soy lecithin — additions that are usually covered by terms like “artificial flavors” or “artificial ingredients.” Make sure your tea isn’t just pesticide free, but clear of unnecessary ingredients like GMOs as well.
Organic teas are better for the environment
Conventionally grown teas that contain pesticides don’t only pose a health risk to you, but to the area where they are harvested as well. Only Organic notes that non-organically grown teas can contaminate soil and water when pesticides — some of which contain metals — wash away.
Next time you go shopping for tea, make sure you check for certified organic labels for the safety of yourself and the environment.
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