Plastics in food and the environment

Roosh

Cardinal
It turns out that plastic teabags (they're not all paper) leaves plastic in your hot tea.
A cup of tea may be a cure for rainy days, but the soothing cup of the brewed beverage may also come with a dose of micro- and nano-sized plastics shed from plastic bags, according to researchers at McGill University. While the possible health effects of ingesting these particles are currently unknown, the new research published in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology suggests further investigation is needed.

Over time, plastic breaks down into tiny microplastics and even smaller nanoplastics, the latter being less than 100 nanometers (nm) in size (a human hair has a diameter of about 75,000 nm). While scientists have previously detected microplastics in the environment, tap and bottled waters and some foods, McGill Professor of Chemical Engineering Nathalie Tufenkji and colleagues wondered whether recently introduced plastic teabags could be releasing micro- and nanoplastics into beverages during brewing.

To conduct their analysis, the researchers purchased four different commercial teas packaged in plastic teabags. The researchers cut open the bags and removed the tea leaves so that they wouldn’t interfere with the analysis. Then, they heated the emptied teabags in water to simulate brewing tea. Using electron microscopy, the team found that a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature released about 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles into the water. These levels were thousands of times higher than those reported previously in other foods.
 
Wait what ?

Most of the tea bags I use are with paper filters .

on the other hand though I mostly only by Lipton or luzianne tea for sweet tea.

But that sucks... I was not knowledgeable about tea bags having plastic containers.
 

kel

Ostrich
Which are the plastic ones? I've seen the pyramid teabags that felt kinda plastic-y, or is there plastic in the classic teabags that are like stapled coffee filters?
 
I use loose leaf tea with an infuser. It's cheaper to buy in bulk, and it makes less trash. And now it appears to be the healthier option as well.
What store/website would you recommend. I'm trying to get away from coffee every morning and switch to tea. All I drink is just the standard black teas sweetened to the point of diabetic comatose levels but I'm open to becoming a bit of a connoisseur to substitute for good tasting teas.
 
What store/website would you recommend. I'm trying to get away from coffee every morning and switch to tea. All I drink is just the standard black teas sweetened to the point of diabetic comatose levels but I'm open to becoming a bit of a connoisseur to substitute for good tasting teas.

I get Vahdam brand Earl Grey from Amazon, but that's just habit. I haven't compared it to any other brands.
 

Bird

Kingfisher
I also try to reduce my coffee consumption, but tea bags are not an option. As far as I know, these bags also contain aromatic substances, so loose tea is definitely preferable.

I have found a first overview of varieties and accessories on this page:
loose-leaf - strainers-infusers

The question is, which of the tea varieties is suitable as a substitute for coffee drinkers?
 

Laner

Hummingbird
Gold Member
Avoiding plastic has been a journey. I feel like things are easier now than in the past, but its insane how much we rely on cheap wrappings to do the most basic task.

Silicone re sealable bags were a big breakthrough for us.

And finding out that tomato sauce in bottles is still bad due to production of tomatoes was pretty sad.

Like I said, its a journey. I have been avoiding plastics for nearly 20 years, but I want my son to stand a chance of having a large family. So now we are even more careful.

Not to mention environmental factors reduce T in men, and increase it women. Bizarre.
 

911

Peacock
Gold Member
Use loose leaf tea with a metal mesh ball instead of teabags, it's safer, cheaper and the teas are generally of better quality.

Another issue with teas is that they tend to have fluoride, especially the cheaper/older leaf black teas. Darjeelings have lower fluoride levels because they are from newer leaf shoots.


This is a good black tea otherwise, I found it at a local ethnic supermarket:

 
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