When Drinking Herbal Tea is Not a Healthy Choice
A lot of us think that we’re making a healthier choice by having herbal tea instead of other drinks like soda and coffee. While that’s theoretically true, the type of herbal teas we’re drinking might be undermining our efforts for optimal health.
For instance, a lot of people love Teavana – after all, how can one resist their exotic blends like “Pineapple Kona Pop” and “Berry Kiwi Colada”?
Unfortunately, their teas contain artificial flavouring (chemicals) and a lot of them also contained sugared pieces of fruit. To make things worse, people often add their rock sugar into their teas to sweeten it even more. The end result – a cup filled with chemicals and refined sugar.
Teas with “natural flavouring” are no better. Food additives or by-products of food additives can compose part of a natural flavour (even though they are chemicals!)
Furthermore, according to the Canada Food Inspection Agency, “substances which impart flavours which have been derived from a plant or animal source, may be claimed to be ‘natural’”. The United States has a similar definition.
So, you could be a vegetarian or vegan that unconsciously consumes animal products by drinking teas that have been naturally flavoured.
In addition, something like high-fructose corn syrup, which is plant derived (and terrible for your health), may be composing part of the “natural flavour” in your herbal tea.
Since the ingredients that compose the natural flavour are not listed, you really have no idea what you are consuming. Scary!
This issue is even more terrifying if you might have an allergy to a substance that a natural flavour is derived from. Since companies are not required to specify what composes the natural flavour of their products, you won’t know whether you are consuming a substance you might be allergic to (until you break out in hives, your throat closes up and you cannot breathe!) The legal ramifications? None – sadly, as the companies are complying with labeling regulations. Thus far, initiatives for legislative reform of labeling requirements have been unsuccessful.
What should you do?
Stop drinking any herbal teas with artificial or natural flavouring – once in a while might be okay (unless you have an allergy – in which case, it’s probably best to stay clear) but they should not be consumed on a daily basis. If you do, you’ll be adding on to your toxic load.
Here are some of my suggestions for healthy herbal teas that can be consumed on a daily basis and have therapeutic value for your chakras and overall health:
The Sahara Tea Company has many teas that are healthy and taste great (they’re actually my favourite). The blends I like are 100 Mysteries, Samarkand and Beautiful Foolishness.
I am also a huge fan of The Honest Leaf. I love the “Fresh” blend.
Some of David’s Teas are safe, including their organic green rooibos, organic rooibos, and organic silk dragon jasmine tea.
Rishi Tea also has lots of options. I like their white ginseng detox tea and ginger lime rooibos tea.
You can also have Traditional Medicinals. Their Ginger Aid is a great digestive tea.
Happy “safe” herbal tea drinking! 🙂