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Beware of Plastics in Your Tea Bags

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 12:24 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In 1902, two Milwaukee women applied for a patent for a one-cup, mesh “tea-leaf holder.” Four years later, a U.S. tea importer began to send out samples in silk bags instead of tins. Folks plopped the whole thing into their teapot and loved the easy-brewing technique.

Those two events are credited with popularizing the tea bag.

Today, Americans consume 3.8 billion tons of tea annually. But news about the menace of the modern tea bag has got a lot of people bagging their favorite beverage.

Well, there's no need — if you have the facts.

Plastic has become a common component of tea bags. Tea-loving researchers from McGill University tested bags by removing the tea and then putting them in 203 F water for five minutes.

It turns out that a single bag released more than 11 billion microplastic and 3 billion nanoplastic particles into the hot liquid.

Studies have found that more than 90% of micro- and nanoplastics leave the body through excretion, but the effect of the remaining 1 billion-plus plastic particles and chemicals per tea bag isn't clear.

But we do know ingested plastic has devastating health effects on marine animals.

So what should you do?

1. Brew loose tea in unbleached paper or metal tea bombs.

2. Buy teas from companies whose websites say they use only hemp and/or other biodegradable materials in their bags (there are many).

3. Not sure? Cold brew your tea bag (heat extracts more plastic particles), remove it, and then heat it up before drinking.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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