FDA Accuses Lipton and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group of Exaggerated Green Tea Claims

You had to have been living in a cave for the last several years not to know that drinking tea is good for your health. There are many tea research projects going on in many countries. We used to publish on our blog and newsletter all of the outcomes of ongoing tea research many years ago until we decided it was redundant and even a bit mind numbing. At the teahouse we restrict what our employees are allowed to say about tea and health when they are selling tea (they think I am unduly rigid), because we thought it was offensive how some companies were over-hyping tea’s health benefits to sell an inferior product.  That is not to say that inferior quality tea does not produce good health results. Let’s face it, the tea that is donated to be used in research, in America anyway,  is nothing to write home about, but it is hard to imagine how you could dilute the health benefits more than to put it in a ‘Ready To Drink’ (the fastest growing segment of the beverage market) beverage.  I read the label of a very expensive health oriented ‘white tea’ RTD beverage and one of the ingredients that was towards the end of the list was ‘white tea solids’. I am afraid to imagine what that might be, but there was enough of it to command prominence in the title. Well it seems that things have been stretched a little too far the FDA to swallow.

Canada Dry, Lipton in hot water over claims about green tea
September 8, 2010 00:09:00
Matthew Perrone Associated Press

WASHINGTON—U.S. federal health regulators have issued warnings to the makers of Canada Dry ginger ale and Lipton tea for making unsubstantiated nutritional claims about their green tea-flavoured beverages.

One research project I have yet to see any research done with is ice tea.  In fact, Dr. Imam A. Hakim, the director of research at the University Of Arizona Cancer Center, one of the leading cancer research centers in the US, told me that icing tea cuts the health benefits in half, so they didn’t use iced tea (80% of the tea market in the US) in their research. If iced tea isn’t that hot, you can extrapolate what ‘white tea solids’ combined with ‘organic cane juice’ will do for your health. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any positive studies on the benefits of beverages with extracted nutrients vs the whole that they are extracted from, in this case tea.  Dr. David Gang, at the University of Arizona, doing research into the anti-inflammatory value of turmeric, ginger and sweet basil, has stated that the whole plant is significantly more beneficial than any extract from them.  The Chinese feel that is also true of tea.

Austin