No Paper or Nylon in this Thanksgiving Tea

November 26, 2015

On Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the importance of family and health. Servings and sides are aplenty as every family member takes extras of their favorites. This year as I sooth my full stomach, I’ll have my usual tea while leaving out the harmful chemicals found in teabags.

As scientific studies on toxin-laden teabags continue to mount, tea drinkers are looking for healthy and convenient alternatives like Teablets. For tea drinkers who are new to these discoveries, paper and mesh polymer teabags have been proven to leach potentially carcinogenic chemicals into hot tea.

Paper teabags are notorious for containing both bleach and epichlorohydrin. While many know about bleach, few understand the implications of epichlorohydrin. Epichlorohydrin, also used as a pesticide, helps prevent bag tear and disintegration. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety even considers it a potential carcinogen. 

Unfortunately, the new pyramid shaped plastic teabags have put teabags in even murkier waters. Typically made from either nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (PET), these polymers’ molecules break down in boiling water. They both have glass transition temperatures (Tg) well below water’s boiling point of 212°F, which is near the optimal brewing temperature for many types of tea. With little known about the health effects of broken down nylon and PET molecules, tea drinkers are seemingly left with one last alternative – loose leaf tea.

But I wish I had the patience and gadget collection of my mother - a master of this art I might add – for steeping loose leaf tea. Thankfully, there’s Teablets that will allow me to prepare loose leaf tea in a fraction of the time. The Teablet begins to blossom and brew in seconds after being dropped into a cup of hot water.

The Teablet is 100% compressed non-GMO Sri Lanka-grown tea leaves with quality found only on a family farm. There are no chemical binding agents or filler product, which allows me to rest easy that harmful chemicals are left out in the cold this Thanksgiving.

If you’re still debating the safety of teabags, don’t take my word for it – check out these articles and decide for yourself:

Happy Thanksgiving!