has been touted for its Green teafat-blocking abilities, its antioxidant properties, and its role in reducing the risk of stroke. But a new report published this week by ConsumerLab.com shows that not all green tea is the same.
Researchers tested 26 types of green tea beverages and supplements and found that some ready-to-drink teas were mostly sugar water. Some of the supplements (which claimed to speed weight loss or help combat cancer) had high levels of caffeine which weren't listed on the labels, and some bagged teas, especially those containing tea grown in China, were contaminated with lead.
"Lead can occur in many botanical products because it is taken up from the ground," Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com, told the New York Times. "The green tea plant is known to absorb lead at a higher rate than other plants from the environment, and lead also can build upRead More »from Green Tea May Not Be So Healthy After All