Does Your Tea Have Pesticides? Greenpeace finds banned pesticides in major Chinese tea brands. Is drinking tea good for you? Yes and no, depending on many factors.
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is just as good as drinking plenty of water — and the flavonoids tea contains helps protect drinkers against heart disease and some cancers. The polyphenol antioxidants found in tea leaves have been shown to prevent cell damage. Other health benefits include protection against tooth plaque and the strengthening of bones.
That’s what British nutritionists from the Kings College London said in a 2006 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The work, which was funded by the United Kingdom’s Tea Council, also dispelled the common belief that tea dehydrates. The British researchers said the amount of caffeine contained in even four cups of tea isn’t enough to cause dehydration — and tea actually rehydrates as well as water does.
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In a resounding defeat, health advocates and environmentalists in the United States lost the fight to take the chemical bisphenol-A out of food packaging. On March 30, the Food and Drug Administration rejected their petition to ban the industrial chemical from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.
But the FDA stressed its latest ruling on the petition brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) wasn’t the final word. “The FDA denied the NRDC petition because it didn’t have the scientific data needed for the FDA to change current regulations, which allows the use of BPA in food packaging,” FDA spokesman Doug Karas said a media statement.
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FDA bares teeth, requires tobacco companies to list levels of 20 hazardous chemicals
Uranium-235? Uranium-238? Vinyl acetate? Polonium-210? Mercury? Hydrogen cyanide? Coumarin? Formaldehyde? Did you even know that these chemicals exist in the cigarette you’re smoking?
Yes, they do — along with 93 other chemicals that the United States Food and Drug Administration classifies as “harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs)” in tobacco products and tobacco smoke under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
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