A Tea Store article Tea store products have become so popular in recent years, that they’ve been dubbed “toxic,” according to some researchers.
Here’s why you should avoid using any tea store product, they say.
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“The FDA has not had an effective policy for identifying products that have been linked to serious safety issues and the lack of efficacy of existing product labeling,” Dr. Paul S. Tashkin, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, wrote in a 2016 report on the subject.
“This lack of guidance has resulted in the misuse of tea products and the resulting exposure of consumers to potentially dangerous chemicals.”
The FDA does not yet have a formal policy on the safety of tea store brands, according to the FDA’s website.
The agency does, however, have an online tool that lets consumers report any tea-containing products that they think may be unsafe.
“We recommend that consumers use this tool whenever they buy or purchase any product containing tea, including tea products made by companies such as Camellia and Jojoba.
The FDA recommends that consumers report the presence of any tea brand if they have ever used tea, even if they were not aware of any possible health risks,” the agency said.
According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tea stores were responsible for the deaths of five people, including two who died after ingesting tea products, and three people who died of heart attack and/or stroke.
Dr. Tushkin also told Mashable that consumers should be cautious when buying products made from tea.
“Many consumers are misled about the health benefits of tea and its potential health benefits, so it is important that they understand what they are buying and how it may affect their health,” he said.
“For example, tea contains several ingredients, including polyphenols, which have been associated with anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant effects, and which have also been shown to reduce blood pressure.”
The American Heart Association also warns that tea can have adverse health effects.
“Tea consumption may also increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and some cancers,” the organization wrote in its 2017 guidelines.
Tashkin added that it is possible to detect toxic chemicals by analyzing the water content of the tea products that you purchase, but that it’s more difficult to do this with packaged products.
“If a product contains high levels of polyphenol, it is difficult to detect because the amount of polyp that is detected in the tea will be high, but if you remove the tea from the package, you’ll find the amount is low,” he explained.
“So when consumers are buying a tea, they should be aware that the tea is potentially toxic, but it is very difficult to tell.”Read More