If you are one who loves to sip a cup of tea, whether it be morning, during the day or in the evening, you may want to know that you are sipping more than just tea.
A recent research report done by the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology found that tea bags that are made with plastic packaging can release billions of microplastic and nanoplastic particles into your cup of tea.
The report tested four different commercial teas packaged in plastic tea bags. The researchers found that one plastic tea bag released about 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles into brewing-temperature water, CBS reports.
"These levels were thousands of times higher than those reported previously in other foods," according to a statement from the American Chemical Society.
Some tea manufacturers are moving toward plastic tea bags. And other bags use polypropylene to seal the bags, which helps prevent them from falling apart, according to Britain's Country Living magazine.
The McGill University researchers said it's not known yet whether ingesting the micro- and nanoplastics could have adverse impacts on human health.