A new study published by McGill University in Montreal, Canada, shows that infused tea bags contain millions of plastic microparticles that we consume when we infuse a tea.
Microplastics, defined as particles less than 5mm, have previously been found in plastic water bottles and other foods, but in this case, Laura Hernandez, one of the researchers, observes that in infused tea bags the number of particles is significantly higher.
In the study, they found that a single tea bag released about 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into the water. Particles completely invisible to the naked eye.
Most infused tea bags are made from paper and plastic is used to seal them. However, a new type of pyramid-shaped tea bags contain greater amounts of plastic and are those that would affect our body.
To avoid the consumption of microplastics, an alternative is to drink powdered tea. Once the leaves of the tea plant are obtained, they are transformed into powder by means of an ancestral technique with stone mills, obtaining a fine powder of between 15 and 20 microns. The tea does not contain any additives, colors, or preservatives and can be taken by mixing it with water or milk using a whisk or a spoon.
When we drink powdered tea, we not only avoid consuming microplastics, but we are absorbing all the nutrients and antioxidants that the ground tea leaf contains.
When, for example, we drink a powdered matcha tea instead of an infused green tea, we are consuming the whole tea leaf and therefore we are absorbing up to 10 times its properties.