Tea in bags is very convenient to use on the road, at work. But does the person think about what he drinks, in what quantities and about the dangers of tea in bags. Of course, it is believed that fine tea dust can give a stronger drink than brewing a large sheet of tea.
But, unscrupulous producers use this feature of tea leaves, adding not only tea in bags, but also leaves of oak, poplar or grass, as well as overdue leaf tea. A good tea can not be cheap, so do not buy cheap tea bags.
Adding fragrances to it indicates most often that under this mask of flavor try to hide cheap, overdue tea garbage. Chemical flavors are much cheaper than natural flavors, and the addition of pieces of dried fruit (also waste, but other production) is made only to indicate them in the composition and attract attention. Moreover, the addition of dyes and preservatives is detrimental to the whole organism, and excessive fluoride content adversely affects the teeth and the bone system.
What does overdue tea debris mean? Yes, any dried plant, tea including, the shelf life is not more than 2-3 years, it seems everything is simple, look at the date of tea packing and that's it. But the label indicates the date of packing of tea garbage in a bag, and not the time of harvesting the "harvest" from the plantation. At the same time, tea garbage could be stored for years in a warehouse or in some basement.
Regular use of tea in bags is very harmful, it was proved by employees of the American University of Derby. Studies have shown that cheap tea in bags is harmful, it up to dangerous concentrations increases the level of fluoride compounds in the body, which is manifested by muscle weakness, osteoporosis , joint pain, the formation of bone spurs , fusion of the vertebrae, and excess fluorine increases the likelihood of kidney disease, reduces durability of teeth, and even provokes cancer.
The appearance of dark spots on the teeth is the most important first sign of fluoride poisoning. According to official recommendations, the daily intake of fluoride should not be more than 3-4 mg for an adult.
But in cheap tea bags this dose exceeds it by 75-120%, that is, in a liter of tea packaged, 6 mg is found. fluorine. Especially large accumulation of fluorine is in the old leaves of tea, which is most often used in the production of tea bags.
To harm from tea in bags caused serious illness, such excessive consumption of fluoride should be for 10-20 years, that is, if every day to consume more liter of packaged tea for 20 years or 2.2 mg. fluoride for 40 years.
Therefore, do not drink more than 5 cups a day in tea bags, and pregnant and elderly people not more than 3 cups. Especially to increase the harmful effect of tea bags, if you constantly brew it in a plastic cup - an office version, or drink brewed tea, which stood for several hours.
Paper for sachets
Sachets are made from filter paper (from nylon is much rarer). Paper napkins, for example, also made of cotton and cellulose, like a bag, but if you try to wrap the tea in a napkin, then when brewing, the napkin paper turns into a mess and tears. Then what is the bag made of, if it can withstand the heat and water, while not tearing and soaking?
The packet consists of: fibers of abaca - 10%, thermoplastic fiber - 23%, fibrous wood substances 65 - 75%. This gives a strong resistance to moisture, mechanical and thermal impact, the fibers of the paper are firmly bonded at crossroads, so the bag is not afraid of lemon juice, spoon injuries, or other aggressive effects. For binding the sachet, you can use: glue, paper clip, heat treatment or thread. Most often this is a metal clip, the most unfavorable is glue, the odor of which is discarded with various flavors.
More on raw materials for so-called tea
At best, this is an overdue tea crumb that remains after the process of producing leaf tea and after sorting, and most often it is tea dust. In China, this is considered a tea trash, which is economical and greedy for profit by European tea corporations, buy up tons for tea production in bags, calling it then the highest grade or premium.
On the tea market in China, you can see such raw materials with your own eyes - it is a heap of garbage of indistinct color, lying directly on the road in the open air, next to the puddles, not covered by rain and sun. It is in any number regularly bought by the largest tea companies in Europe, costs 10 kilograms of tea garbage for only $ 10. That is, the packaging of this "elite tea" on the shelves of supermarkets in Russia costs several times more than the contents of the sachet. But the tea corporations are in no hurry to disclose the technology of producing "tea", so as not to lose a multimillion profit.
The inexperience of Russians and Europeans (90% of whom have not tried real, leafy, fresh Chinese tea) are at the mercy of producers, since in this case it is easy to convince in quality of tea in tea bags and to tell a beautiful legend and facts about the benefits of real tea when a person has nothing to compare .
It seems that everyone needs to think about the following: taking care of our health, we do not eat spoiled food, do not accept overdue medications, do not drink sour drinks, throw moldy fruits and bread products, but for some reason every day we drink a drink made from garbage. By the way, not only packaged tea can be late and harmful, it is quite possible in Russia to buy not high-quality large-leaved tea, with expired shelf life and potentially dangerous for health.
Tea garbage can be divided into 3 categories:
- — его сгребают после сортировки чая на плантации, полезных свойств в нем крайне мало, но он меньше подвергается дальнейшей обработке, т.к. Fresh tea rubbish - it is raked after sorting tea on the plantation, there are very few useful properties in it, but it is less subjected to further processing, because slightly preserves the flavor, color and taste of tea. This is the best of other tea garbage, so it will then be called " premium" !
- — образуется после конвейерной фасовки, транспортировки, упаковки на чайных производствах, полезные свойства = нулю. Average tea garbage - is formed after conveyor packaging, transportation, packaging in tea production, useful properties = zero. It has almost no taste, aroma and color - hence the manufacturer has an extreme need to add all this artificially - dyes, flavors, flavors, rose petals, other flowers, mint, and call it "the highest category" !
- — то, что продается в России, это не просто чайный мусор, а мусор с истекшим сроком годности, содержащий грибки и убойную дозу химических веществ, добавляемых при обработке. The lowest category - what is sold in Russia is not just tea litter, but waste with expired shelf life, containing fungi and a slaughter dose of chemicals added during processing. What does this mean and how dangerous is it for health? As this is late-garbage, there is no taste, aroma and color of speech, at best it is the aroma of hay or the smell of the place of its storage.
90% of such raw materials contain AFLATOXINE - the product of the life of fungi, an extremely dangerous substance that causes irreversible damage to the liver. To give this garbage a marketable look, a dye is added, whatever you want: you need black tea - please, green - and we can, floral - no problem! And the flavor you want, and the taste - everything is adjusted by the progressive chemical industry. In the process of aromatization, the residues of active antioxidants are destroyed, and L-theanine, an amino acid that soothingly acts on the human brain, is destroyed, everything that tea is used for.
Background: Aflatoxins are deadly mycotoxins produced by fungi, they are most often infected with foods stored in wet and hot climates. Most often aflatoxins are formed during prolonged or improper storage in stale collections of herbs and tea. These are the most powerful hepatocarcinogens (harmful to the liver), they are resistant to heat treatment and when a large dose of such poisons enters the body - they cause death within a few days, due to irreversible liver damage. With the regular intake of small doses, the risk of developing liver cancer increases. In addition to tea, aflatoxins are most often found in pumpkin seeds, corn, peanuts. In developing countries where there is no control of products for the presence of mold fungi, for example in Mozambique, the mortality from liver cancer is 50 times higher than that in France (see the list of hepatoprotector preparations ).
If you watch your health, are a successful and thinking person, do not save your 2-3 minutes of time for the preparation of quality leaf tea. Health is more expensive! No work is worth it, even if you are extremely busy with work in the office, think about yourself - you deserve a good invigorating drink from a ceramic cup, instead of scraps from a plastic cup (see also the harm and health benefits of coffee ).
Video of the program "Habitat: tea in bags", about:
- that the same brand of packaged tea in Russian stores is significantly different from the quality of tea in European supermarkets
- how to distinguish between overdue and fresh tea
- about counterfeiting tea in the Russian market
- that "cold tea" does not contain even 1% of tea extract