A study found that 1 in 3 packs of herbal tea containing a mixture of such undesirable grasses and twigs of other plants. Although not toxic, in some people these contaminants can trigger allergic reactions.
Herbal tea are often added to a leaf or part of certain plants other than tea, and named after the enhancements such as jasmine tea or chamomile tea. But in a study in New York, often a mixture of herbal teas more than listed in his name.
Research carried out by a number of school children found, 3 of 70 bottled teas contain a mixture that is not mentioned in the name or label. Undesirable mixture that include ferns, grasses, weeds, parasites and even plants.
While the herbal tea group, 21 of the 60 or approximately 33 percent mixed with other herbs are also not mentioned in the name and label packaging. For example, students found many contaminated herbal tea chamomile chamomile tea even though it’s not.
“I think there is no contamination that is really dangerous, but like chamomile, for example, are known to trigger allergies in some people, so the content should be included,” said Cactherine Gamble, 18, from Trinity School, as quoted by Reuters.
Dozens of samples of herbal teas are used in this study is produced by 33 different manufacturers and come from 17 countries sekiar. Unfortunately, this study did not address in detail the brand and origin of samples of contaminated and potentially trigger allergies.
Mark Stoeckle, Rockefeller University scientists who accompanied the study recommends more stringent regulatory body to examine the content of herbal teas.Moreover, examination of the DNA code (Deoxuribo Nucleic Acid) as did high school kids this cost is not expensive, only U.S. $ 15/sampel or about Rp 128 thousand.
“Sometimes companies deliberately mixing other plants such as chamomile to improve the taste and color, or other plants that are not efficacious simply to make it seem more,” said Stoeckle reporting the results of high school kids study in the journal Scientific Reports.
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