Ecotest: Pesticides found in children's fruit tea

Ecotest: Pesticides found in children's fruit tea

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Ecotest: residues of pesticides and a lot of sugar in fruit tea

According to an investigation by the consumer magazine "Ökotest", most conventional fruit teas contain pesticides or "questionable additives". Organic products, on the other hand, are recommended. These were consistently positive in the consumer protection study. Residues of pesticides were found in six out of nine fruit teas tested.

In a study by Ökotest, fruit teas were examined for their ingredients. Conventional teas were rated particularly poorly. Two granules containing large amounts of sugar performed very poorly. In addition, flavorings are contained in many products. Such added substances can be declared in the product information as "natural aroma". In fact, they are not made from real fruit. They can also be obtained from natural raw materials using bacteria, fungi or yeast. “A pineapple flavoring, which is also widely used in children's fruit teas, is made from butyric acid and ethanol, for example. This substance, which smells strongly of pineapple, is called ethyl butyrate and in its pure form can cause headaches and vomiting when inhaled. ”

Organic teas were rated well. The best 5 organic teas were rated "very good". They were free of sugar, flavorings and pesticides. Two products performed slightly worse and contained useless product information. The remaining organic products were rated "good" to "sufficient" because they contained flavoring substances in different concentrations. These could lead to "conditioning the taste".

The conventional products, on the other hand, ended significantly worse in the study than the organic products. Their rating ranged from "satisfactory" to "unsatisfactory" because they contained pesticide residues. In addition, "one granulate contained caries-promoting sugar additives, two others contained high caries-promoting sugar concentrations". Flavorings were found in five teas and vitamins were unnecessarily added to two products. Ökotest advises "to only buy teas that are free of sugar, flavorings and pesticides". (jp)

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