So it turns out tea might be doing a bit more damage than burning your tastebuds.

A study by researchers at McGill University have found an alarming amount of microplastic is released from plastic tea bags which are being increasingly used instead of paper ones.

They found a single tea bag releases 11 billion microplastic and 3 billion nanoplastic particles into a single cup of tea.

This is thousands of times higher than most other foods.

“We were very, very surprised,” Dr. Tufenkji told Global News.

“We thought [plastic tea bags] maybe release a couple of hundred [plastic] particles, maybe a few thousand. So we were really shocked when we saw they’re releasing billions of particles into a cup of tea.”

Experts say more research is needed to determine whether this could be harmful for humans.

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