Now I have over 30 types of teas in my house and love all those. Some are organic and some are the usual! For the sake of convenience started stacking lots of tea bags in my desk drawers. Its just so easy, heat some water, dip a tea bag and I am having something really healthy! I also try to wash down a heavy fat laden meal with a cup of hot green tea.
Today morning while I was making my organic tulsi sweet lemon tea, it struck as lighting to me, the tea is organic but what is this white bag made of? I did some reading on the internet and realized that the some tea bags are made with plastic, such as nylon, thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene. While these plastics have high melting points, the temperature at which the molecules in polymers begin to break down is always lower than the melting point, which could allow the bags to leach compounds of unknown health hazards into your tea when steeped in boiling water.
Paper tea bags are frequently treated with epichlorophydrin, which hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD when contact with water occurs. 3-MCPD is a carcinogen associated with food processing that has also been implicated in infertility and suppressed immune function.
So if you are an avid tea drinker and/or drink it for health reasons, make you sure you check what you are putting into your system. A bit of caution can avoid lot of harm to our bodies.
Written by Anuradha Gupta