10 Toxic Types of Tea You Need to Avoid (and Why)

1. Green Tea

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Green tea is regarded as a miracle beverage by many people thanks to its high levels of polyphenols and other antioxidants. Multiple studies have found that drinking 2 to 3 cups of green tea per day can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Also, it’s widely promoted as a weight loss aid.

Not everyone would feel comfortable to find fault with this popular delicious drink, but recent research revealed that some green teas are contaminated with heavy metals.

According to a recent study from ConsumerLab.com, the lead was found in a number of popular green tea brands, especially those coming from China.

However, most of the lead remains in the leaves and doesn’t necessarily get into the tea itself. You should never chew the tea’s leaves if you don’t know the country of origin of your tea, or at least make sure to use a tea bag or filter.