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© iStock Pesticides, plastics… 5 health mistakes not to be made to continue drinking safe tea
Favor tea in a sachet, overheating it or choosing to sip it at the wrong time are all mistakes that should not be made. We explain to you why. Prefer loose tea to tea in
tea bag First of all, you have to differentiate between the bags that are found in supermarkets and those that come from the big houses of tea . In the second case, it is simply a story of packaging (the tea houses will then offer the same product in bulk and in sachets). On the other hand, when it comes to supermarket bags, distrust, the quality is not the same. Questioned by the France 5 program, Allô Docteurs, François-Xavier Delmas, expert tea drinker, taster and founder of the Palais du thé explains: "To be good, a tea must have plenty of room to express itself. don't compress it into something. " "In addition, he adds, inside the sachet, we will find poor quality broken pieces." Last argument in favor of bulk: in November 2017, a study of 60 million consumers pinned several tea bags, in which the team had found chemicals dangerous to health and up to 17 pesticides. Admittedly, these were small quantities, which most of the time were below the authorized limits. But still. So loose.
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If, according to the same study, 60 million consumers, traces of chemical pesticides have also been found in the organic tea bags tested, overall, they remain less contaminated than the others. We therefore put on organic .
Heat it in the microwave rather than the kettle
Without wanting to create a diplomatic incident with our British neighbors, it would be better to heat your tea in the microwave rather than the kettle. In any case, this was revealed by several media who asked themselves the question in 2017, after having observed the main character of the detective series Broadchurch, Alec Hardy, heating his infusion in the microwave. They all cited a 2011 study by Doctor Quan Vuong who recommended using the microwave. The reason ? This would activate 80% of the specific properties of tea, including caffeine, theanine and polyphenols, which are good for the body.
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Do not overheat tea
According to an Canadian study, published on September 25, 2019 in the journal ACS Environmental Science & Technology, overheating tea would be dangerous. And for good reason, infused at 95 ° C for five minutes, some nylon or polyethylene terephthalate sachets could release millions of particles of micro-plastics and nano-plastics. And if for the moment, "we have only few data on human exposure to nanoplastics and their potential toxicity and we cannot therefore predict the risks of their consumption for human health to date", as the study leaders remind us, we take our precautions and while waiting for this little scientific info, we prefer loose tea and we don't overheat it.
Drinking it at the wrong time
Even if the doses are not similar, green tea contains theine, comparable to caffeine . Concretely and without going into details, we avoid it before going to bed. As a precaution, we stop drinking it at least 4 hours before going to bed.
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