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The Unexpected Ingredient That Might Be In Your Tea
By Aimee Lamoureux
Whether it's made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, dried blends of spices, herbs, flowers, or other plant roots or leaves, tea offers different health benefits depending on the type. However, there is one other big thing that different kinds of tea all have in common, and it is not so as appealing as the health benefits.
A 2022 study has shown that traces of bug DNA have been found in samples of store-bought tea. As unpleasant as it may sound, bug traces are accepted as inevitable in many foods, and are common enough that the FDA even has a standard for allowable quantities of insect parts in certain foods.
Because dried herbs and tea are not heavily, chemically processed, traces of the arthropod DNA remain in greater quantities. However, one researcher stated that the presence of the bug DNA might be a good thing since it indicates a lack of pesticides in your beverage.