Could drinking tea or coffee be contributing to your excess weight gain or muffin tops?
Could microplastics have something to do with it?
If you are wondering whether microplastics even exist in your favorite herbal tea or latte, do not wonder for much longer, but read on. No one is in a justified position to ignore the information that follows.
For people who are already aware of — and concerned about — microplastics toxicity released in their hot beverages, this post will present practical solutions to the concern.
For other people who have not even heard of the existence of microplastics toxins in coffee and tea bags, this information will be an eye-opener.
In August 2020, I wrote an informative post on the dangers of plastic-derived phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). The post was based on detailed information that I have written in my book HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY.
Scientific research has shown increasing evidence that most commercial tea bags are contaminated with microplastics particles. Such particles are known to be hazardous to health.
Microplastics are also well documented as contributing to out-of-control excessive weight gain.
How Toxic Microplastics Contaminate Tea and Coffee
The various types of materials that enter into the manufacture of tea or coffee bags are:
1. Mainly processed paper made from wood pulp bleached with chlorine. Plastic material is used to seal the bags.
2. Mesh-type bags comprising thermoplastic substances such as:
- Epichlorohydrin, a substance similar to epoxy.
- Polylactic Acid
- Polyethylene terephthalate (also referred to as PET).
PET is a grade of plastic that is somewhat recognized as safe, only if not exposed to high temperatures. The cap is set at 177 degrees. Since the boiling point for any liquid is normally 212 degrees, it is evident that the plastic in the above-mentioned types of tea or coffee bags inevitably releases toxic chemicals into the beverages.
Are There Safer Ways to Enjoy Commercial Hot Beverages?
Non-toxic alternatives always exist. People who are aware of them are using and recommending:
- Bleach-free tea bags and/or filters.
- Stainless steel tea filter.
- Stainless steel mesh strainer/diffuser.
- Eco-friendly reusable tea bags.
- Preparing tea without using boiling water (especially for Green Tea or Black Tea that are less acidic when not boiled).
When making tea without using boiling hot water, it is essential to place loose leaf tea in a glass kettle or jar with adequate amounts of purified water and allow a cold brew for at least eight hours. The only inconvenience to the process is the necessity to strain the tea leaves. Many people prepare this cold tea before bedtime and enjoy it when they awaken hours later.
In an article published on September 26, 2019 by sciencemag.org, Eva Frederic wrote:
“A new study reveals tea brewed in ‘silken’ tea bags could contain billions of plastic particles in a single cup, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. Researchers steeped the plastic tea bags in hot water, and found the number of particles released into a cup was orders of magnitude greater than those in other food and drinks, they report this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists aren’t sure whether these particles pose a risk to tea drinkers, because few studies examine microplastics’ effects on human health. When they exposed water fleas to the microplastics, though, they say the tiny creatures swam ‘crazily’. Apparently, the particles weren’t their cup of tea.”
Science Writer with Works Published through Science Magazine and MIT
One does not necessarily have to wait for further studies to enjoy tea or coffee without health risks to one’s health and weight. The use of common sense — as well as stainless steel and glass — should be more than enough to curb the entry of microplastics neurotoxins into the body.
In my books GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY and HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY, I provide eye-opening and valuable information on alternatives to toxic beverages for the wellness of body and mind.
Sri Regine Lherisson-Bey, Ph.D. candidate in Natural Medicine, is a Mind-Body Therapist, Wellness Coach, and published Author voted Wellness Expert by peer consensus in 2005. Therapist Lherisson-Bey is the author of the Kindle bestseller HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY as well as the weight management program GET SLIM EFFORTLESSLY. From an original CD, the publication has evolved into an instructional picture book, an eBook, and an effective weight management program. Therapist Lherisson-Bey’s works have been featured on TV, radio, and in several magazines in the past 30 years.
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