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June 2009 Issue

Fluoride in Instant Iced Teas: Health Benefit or Hidden Danger?

The researchers subsequently analyzed the fluoride content of several brands of instant iced tea and found they contain 0.18 to 1.17 milli-grams of fluoride per six ounces when mixed with distilled water (tea made with fluoridated water provides more). That exceeds the maximum fluoride allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency as well as what the Food and Drug Administration permits in bottled water. But keep in mind that fluoride limits are set based on people’s water intake, including what’s used in cooking, not a fair standard for tea.

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