Doctors in the UK have warned of the potential for pesticides to remain on green tea leaves, after a teenage girl presented to a hospital emergency department with acute hepatitis as a result of drinking too much herbal tea she ordered online (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons) Tweet Facebook Mail It's the drink many health-conscious folk choose over coffee. But now, doctors in the UK are warning of the hidden dangers of green tea after a teenager contracted acute hepatitis after drinking too much.After complaining of dizziness, nausea, stomach and joint pains to her GP, the 16-year-old girl was initially diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and prescribed antibiotics.With her symptoms worsening, she went to Birmingham University Hospital's accident and emergency (A&E) department two days later.The case was written about in the medical journal, BMJ Case Reports, where doctors described her as suffering from jaundice when she presented to the A&E department.The unnamed girl, originally from Yemen, told doctors she had not consumed any alcohol or drugs, including over-the-counter medications, or travelled abroad recently.However, she did admit to ordering Chinese green tea online and drinking three cups a day for the past three months."I had bought the green tea over the internet to lose weight," the teenager is quoted as saying.RelatedHong Kong to be governed by mysterious law secretly passed by ChinaTODAY IN HISTORY: Unexplained explosion flattens 2000 square km areaWhat serial killers ate as their last meal on death row"I had only lost a couple of pounds but then started having horrible pains in my joints, and felt very dizzy and sick," she said.The girl noted that most of the tea ingredients were written in Chinese and she was unable to understand them.The report's authors noted that developing hepatitis infections from herbal tea were a "rare but recurring theme".The benefits of green tea include improving cardiovascular health, reducing cancer risks and aiding weight loss.Celebrities who have been quoted endorsing drinking green tea include Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow.The report's doctors, however, warned of the potential for pesticides used during the production process to seep into the tea leaves."There is potential for pesticide-induced hepatitis to exist, especially from less regulated products ordered from developing countries over the internet," the report said.Despite the dangers, the report authors were sure to still endorse green tea: "We acknowledge that green tea is predominantly a very safe and healthy drink, with antioxidant properties."
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