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What You Need to Know About Sassafras Tea

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  • Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a well-known plant in the South because of its unique aroma and taste
  • The original taste of root beer was all thanks to the sassafras plant, which was extremely popular in the early 20th century because of its sweet and warm flavor and aroma
  • Studies on sassafras show that safrole may trigger the development of liver cancer. A 1976 study shows safrole can lead to liver damage and cancer when administered orally or through a stomach tube

Root beer may be one of the most popular beverages in the world today, but did you know that its flavor was once literally taken from a plant's roots? The original taste of root beer was all thanks to the sassafras plant, which was extremely popular in the early 20th century because of its sweet and warm flavor and aroma.


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