Herbs and flowers. Juices and berries. You may think you’re drinking the best nature has to offer when you sit down with a hot cup of tea, but now you need to think twice. Surprisingly, many popular tea blends and brands contain an unlikely ingredient: SOY.

Before you put your pinky in the air and drink up, here’s what you need to know about the soy creeping and steeping in your tea.

Soy Lecithin

The soy used in many teas is soy lecithin, a byproduct of the soy plant. Soy lecithin is one of the top 10 most used ingredients in processed foods. According to the FAQs found on the website for Stash tea, “Soy lecithin is used in foods and beverages as an emulsifier, a stabilizer, a dispersing aid or other similar uses.”

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