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Is Your Tea Toxic?

By Mary Post | April 24, 2014

Studies worldwide have revealed the alarming news that the world's oldest beverage may be contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. The white paper tea bags may well contain fluoride at unsafe levels. Cheap, black teas, especially those from China, were most apt to show high levels of contaminants. Tea has always been used for medicinal purposes, but more than anything else, tea is a comfort drink. Organic teas are the best choice for health-conscious tea-lovers.

The History of Tea

Officially, tea originated in China during the Shang dynasty, at least 3,500 years ago. However, that is only when historians found the first recorded mention of tea. There are some charming (and not-so-charming) stories about who ‘discovered’ tea. One story relates how the Emperor of China (odd, but these things always happen to Emperors and not to lowly farmers) was drinking a bowl of boiled water, some leaves from a tea tree blew into his bowl, and voila! tea was discovered. ...

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