There are many people who love to enjoy a hot cup of tea, especially since many teas can offer a variety of wonderful health benefits as well. However, there are many that don’t realize that while the herbs in your teabag may have some good benefits for your body, the teabag in which they are contained in can contain many harmful chemicals if it’s been bleached. Luckily, there other alternative forms of teabags that can be used that do not make use of chlorine.
There are many risks associated with drinking tea from teabags that have been bleached and unfortunately there are many people who do not realize this. In the past, the previous process of making teabags did not contain chlorine. The tea leaves and herbs were contained in silk woven bags, which had been far healthier when released to the public. In production today, teabags are made from a paper that is vegetable and wood fibers. The paper is bleached for appearance and then heat sealed together using thermo-plastic. However, through this process, when you use these teabags at home, residues of chemicals remain on the bag and seep into the water of the tea as the bags are steeped.
Two of the major chemicals that can be found in bleached teabags are dioxin and epichlorohydrin. Dioxin exposure can result in many complications and it has been shown that there is no amount small enough that will not have an ability to cause cancer in the body. Once dioxin gets into the body, it is absorbed by fat cells where it is retained for 7 to 11 years. While they accumulate in the fatty tissue of the body they cause disruptions and damage to the hormone and reproductive system. It can also lead to various behavior and development disorders, as well as birth defects. It is also possible for dioxin to affect nursing infants through their mother’s milk.
Epichlorohydrin is used on teabags in order to strengthen the paper against water. This chemical is also commonly used in plastics and resins. Long term effects of being exposed to epichlorohydrin can lead to respiratory disorders. Furthermore, when exposed to water, epichlorohydrin becomes a carcinogen, making people more susceptible to various cancers.
Luckily, there are many manufacturers that are becoming aware of these dangers and are switching to other, more natural methods of making teabags. When purchasing tea for yourself, it is best to look for all-natural products and unbleached teabags. This is the better way to go for those that are looking to fully enjoy drinking tea without the harmful danger of unwelcome chemical residues accumulating in the body.