Is Lead contamination a Real Concern?
“Lead is known to be taken up into tea leaves from the soil, and can occur in high amounts in tea plants grown near industrial areas and active roadways from these contaminates. In certain areas in China it was found that the liquid portions of some brewed teas did not contain measurable amounts of lead, but in others they exceeded the 1.25 mcg per serving levels.”
Yes, even organically grown green teas have been shown to contain lead, which is absorbed by the plant from the environment, particularly tea grown in China. When traditional green tea is steeped, about 90% of the lead stays in the leaf, which is discarded. With matcha, since the whole leaf is consumed, you will ingest more lead. One independent group, ConsumerLab.com, which tested teas, estimates that a cup of matcha may contain as much as 30 times more lead than a cup of green tea. Therefore, they recommend drinking no more than one cup daily, and not serving it to children.
When a person drinks the tea they consuming the whole tea leaf, and consuming 100% of the lead contaminate in the tea! If the tea leaves absorbed hight lead levels from the soil, then the tea will be highly contaminated.
“According to Consumer Labs, one serving of Matcha from certain areas could contain 2.5 to 7.5 mcg of lead, exceeding the USDA limits for Organic Tea safe from lead”
Is Organic Tea Safer?
Studies how that organic tea is not safer than non organic tea. The tea plants will absorb lead from the environment that they are grown in at a higher rate than other plants will. Lead is a natural component of soil, and it also comes from car exhaust industrial pollution. Researchers studying tea leaves found that 32% of the tea leaves grown in China exceeded the limit for lead. In comparison, 0% of the tea leaves from Japan exceeded the limit. Perhaps looking at the label and purchasing Macha Tea Leaves from Japan can reduce your lead contamination risk.
Radiation in Matcha Tea
And, you may ask, what about trace amounts of radiation showing up in Japanese green tea? Much of that country’s tea is produced far to the west of Fuskushima, where the 2011 nuclear power-plant disaster occurred.
Health Benefits Worth The Risk?
Should You Stop Drinking Matcha Tea?
So, should you avoid drinking it completely?
This type of beverage is not a necessary nutrient for daily living, so you have a choice whether you choose to drink it or not. Green tea has many health benefits, studies have shown that the higher intake of green tea, the more health benefits for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, improved brain function, improved immunity, lower the risk of cancer, and improve oral health.
Limit this type of green tea to one serving per day, and eat a diet rich in Vitamin C, Iron, and Calcium. This can help reduce the harmful leads found in the matcha tea leaves. By only organic Teas from Japan to prevent lead contamination. Keep Matcha powder in the refrigerator.
- Mix one gallon of match a tea in a container sweeten to your taste with agave sweetener
- Poor into Nutrabullet or similar
- 1 cup of green tea from container…refrigerate the rest for drinking later.
- 1/2 -1 c Organic coconut water
- Add a Handful of fresh or frozen raspberries
- It is optional to add fresh lime juice to your taste preference
- Blend in the nutrabullet or similar device until berries are the preferred consistency.