Hazard in a Tea Bag No One Dares to Talk About

By EverythingForTea.com

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You probably never stopped to think about it — but how come paper teabags do not disintegrate when steeped in water, hot water in particular?

The reason is that the paper is reinforced by treating it with the same compound that’s also being used in the production of epoxy resins. That chemical is epichlorohydrin.

Epichlorohydrin or ECH is also found in inks, dyes, paints and rubber. Coffee filters, water filters and sausage casings also contain this chemical.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) considers ECH a potential carcinogen. In fact, according to the manufacturer, Dow Chemical, “there is sufficient evidence to provide a strong presumption that human exposure to the substance may result in the development of cancer.”

Think of it the next time you reach for a tea bag.

Alternative: Use loose tea leaves to make your tea. You’ll enjoy a richer more authentic flavor — and avoid exposure to ECH.

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2 People have left comments on this post



» A. Zhang said: { May 8, 2014 - 06:05:46 }

Just read another post that talks about who invented the tea bag. It says the original teabags were made of silk. Maybe safer to to go back to the way teabags were made back then. Just a thought.

» J Eyde said: { Jun 1, 2017 - 07:06:17 }

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