Food Fraud: Lawn Grass in Tea Bags

Tea bags. Photo: SXC
Yesterday morning Good Morning America gave a shout out to buying whole foods. Why? Because food fraud is on the rise.

A report and investigation conducted by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) unveiled practices that don't seem too surprising: juices diluted with sugar, water and other juices and olive oil thinned with less expensive oils.

But, what caught my eye was the discovery of lawn grass and dried ferns in tea bags. Yuck! Thank goodness I take the time to make my own herbal tea blends at least 50 percent of the time.

Did you miss the report on Good Morning America? Watch it here:
EXCLUSIVE: Group Finds More Fake Ingredients in Popular Foods

If you've ever needed a push to buy whole, fresh unprocessed foods--this report might just be it! Are you working toward a healthier diet this year? Please let me know in the comments below how you're overhauling your grocery cart!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living



  1. I'm looking everywhere for a list of teas that contain lawn grass. I'm very allergic to the stuff. Can anyone provide some more information?

  2. Yuck. I hope I'm not drinking ferns.....Great post!


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