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Dandelion tea, anyone?

I have never been a fan of herbal teas but received a box of this tea from one of the sites that send you a free product in exchange for a review. I thought I’d give this one a try as I didn’t have to pay for it. Otherwise likely would have never paid 20 bucks for a box of tea.

It arrived in a large box 12 inches wide with all 120 of individually packed tea bags inside. On a side note, have you ever seen an instant tea that is NOT packed individually? Except of course loose tea that is a different ballgame altogether.

July 31. TEA
Any idea what DNA is doing here?

Tried it and wasn’t impressed but wrote a positive review saying that it’s good chilled and helps my moods. (it probably does). That didn’t fly and was returned to me requesting to re-submit the review due to the guidelines violations without any explanations.

July 31. Re-write email

Huh?

I did reply to this email inquiring exactly what guidelines it violated but to no avail. Then I rolled up my sleeves and wrote a true negative review. One star. It was the first ever negative review that I’d ever written, and I was extremely proud of myself for doing so.

This one although was accepted, didn’t make its way to being published for some reason. So I’m posting it here on my blog as I still want to let the world know. This review is longer than the rejected one so find a comfy chair to read it when you have a chance.

Starting with the positives, this tea is certified organic and is caffeine-free as by the way are all herbal teas naturally. The description further claims that this tea is “herbal dietary supplement” which it narrowly passes by having only one ingredient, herb. No vitamins or minerals but herbs only. Fine.

Next, the box states that this tea supports digestion and healthy blood sugar levels. Digestion, maybe but what in the world is “healthy blood sugar level”? BG (blood glucose) levels can be either high or low, and even then, the normal values depend on what time of the day you check it. I should know this having diabetes after all.  Healthy, hmmm.

The description goes on by saying that “dandelion has been used by ancient cultures from around the world… to support digestion and healthy liver function”. This in my humble opinion, is no more than a marketing tool that belongs to Facebook or sales by email rather than supposedly professionally made tea. Ditto for the ‘clinical studies’ without reference to a specific study. Anyone can say that.

This should have ended up in my spam folder along with all the TV commercials but I digress.

What’s more, all the printed claims have one thing in common, an asterisk (*) in the end. It refers to a printed note in all italics on the back of the box stating that this product, I quote, is ‘not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease‘.

Moreover, it goes on saying that both this product and all the statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Of course the latter may sound like a music to some who believe this is something that FDA doesn’t want us to know, but as far as I am concerned, this tea is nothing but a bunch of hot air and all the claims are just a sales gimmick. Yeah someone wants to sell you some dandelion root tea “made with love in China”. With all due respect to China, this kind of a description belongs maybe to eBay or Etsy but it’s the first time ever that I see it on a supposedly legitimate product.

Now on to the ingredients.  The only one listed is Organic Roasted Dandelion Root. The expiration date stated as 2021.  Considering the fact that this is a supposedly single-ingredient product, there must be some additives and whatnot to keep it fresh for full three years. But the package is silent about it. The Nutrition Panel is nowhere to be found so you have no idea what this tea actually contains. Most producers are required to post this panel but this company apparently uses one of the FDA loopholes for small business labeling exemption.

The website name is dandeliont.com. I don’t like this tea, had a funny taste in my mouth for days afterwards, and definitely can’t recommend it, but this is just me. Still want to take chances? Go ahead and give it a try. Just remember, you don’t really know what exactly you’d be drinking.

Cheers.

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