What is Oolong Tea? Do you understand tea culture and the benefits of Oolong Tea? Does it have high caffeine? Oolong Tea is one of Taiwan’s most famous tea. In fact, oolong tea is not actually a type of tea, but rather a fermentation method of tea.
In today’s article, we will introduce to you the charm of oolong tea and why there are so many loyal fans of oolong tea. In addition, I will carefully explain the key points of oolong tea for everyone, and of course, what everyone wants to know most is whether oolong tea can help you lose weight. Without further ado, let’s start today’s presentation!
Taiwan Oolong Tea
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong tea is a well known variety, also known as qīng tea and semi-fermented tea. The classification and practice of oolong tea itself will vary according to different regions.
Many people think that oolong tea is a type of tea, but in fact, oolong tea is a type of tea-making process. In China, oolong tea belongs to the six major tea families of green tea, black tea, yellow tea, white tea, dark tea and oolong tea in terms of processing classification. It is partially fermented, with red edges of green leaves, both the freshness of green tea and the sweetness of black tea. Because of this, in China, oolong tea is equivalent to qīng tea, and is regarded as the trade name of qīng tea. Famous oolong teas like Tieguanyin from Fujian, and Dongding oolong from Taiwan also belong to this category.
Oolong tea is partially fermented, and the degree of oxidation is between non-fermented and fermented, which mostly sits between light or medium fermentation, then formed into balls by kneading. The tea brew is golden yellow, with a mellow taste and a fruity aroma.
Taiwanese oolong tea, also known as “hemispherical baozhong tea”, refers to the type of tea that is made of “oolong tea seeds and processed in the way of oolong tea”.
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As I sip the Oolong tea, its delicate aroma and soothing taste transport me to a mystical realm where time stands still and love reigns supreme.
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What are Oolong Tea Benefits, Pros & Cons?
Oolong Tea Benefits / Pros
1.Oolong Tea is Uplifting – Oolong Tea Benefits
The longer the fermentation time, the higher the caffeine content, thus, in terms of giving you a lift, the effect will be better than green tea or barley tea.
2.Oolong Tea can Reduce the Risk of Cancer – Oolong Tea Benefits
Studies have shown that oolong tea extract can inhibit the growth of breast cancer, the effect is the same as green tea. Generally, people who drink more oolong tea are also less likely to develop breast cancer.
3.Lower Cholesterol to Prevent Heart Disease – Oolong Tea Benefits
Oolong tea has a powerful antioxidant effect, which delays ageing of the skin, and benefits cardiovascular and heart. Regular drinking of oolong tea can reduce cholesterol, blood lipids and blood pressure.
4.Double the Effect of Cold Brewed Oolong Tea – Oolong Tea Benefits
If you want to enhance the antioxidant effect of oolong tea, you can brew the tea cold. When cold brewed, oolong tea can more effectively retain the catechins and tea polyphenols in the tea leaves which strengthens the scavenging of free radicals, and supplements the effects of vitamin C and vitamin E.
Disadvantages of Oolong Tea
1.It Easily Irritates the Stomach – Oolong Tea Disadvantage
Some lightly fermented oolong teas can cause gastric acid secretion due to the high content of tea polyphenols. If you are a person with a poor stomach, you will experience discomfort.
2.Causes Constipation Problems to Worsen – Oolong Tea Disadvantage
The tea polyphenols in oolong tea may have an astringent effect on the intestinal mucosa. If you drink too much oolong tea, it will slow down your gastrointestinal motility and will worsen constipation problems.
Can Tolong Tea Help Lose Weight? Is Oolong Tea Suitable for Weight Loss?
I believe what many people are most concerned about is whether oolong tea is useful for weight loss, and I will answer you directly! That’s right! Really helpful! Oolong tea contains a large amount of a substance called saponins, which can reduce the absorption of fat in the intestines, and the oolong tea polyphenols (OTPP) in oolong tea can even strengthen the lipolytic enzymes that break down fat. The fat is then converted into calories to burn, suppressing the rise in blood sugar, and reducing fat accumulation. If you want to lose weight, you might as well give up half of the sugar drinks and drink oolong tea instead!
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How to Make Oolong Tea?
How to Brew the Best Oolong Tea?
If you don’t have professional tea-making equipment, you can still use a thermos, a glass, or a mug to make great Oolong tea. Please try the following three methods:
1.Hot-Brewed Oolong Tea – How to Make Oolong Tea
For a 500ml mug, use approximately 5g of Oolong tea leaves and brew with water around 95°C. You can re-brew the tea once.
For a teapot, use 3g of tea leaves to brew 150-170ml of hot water. Brew for about 1 minute for the first round, and then extend the brewing time with each subsequent round. You can re-brew the tea twice.
2.Brewing Oolong Tea in a Thermo – How to Make Oolong Tea
For a 500ml thermos, put 5g of Oolong tea leaves or a tea bag in the thermos, then pour boiling water to fill one-third of the thermos and let it soak for about half a minute. Finally, fill the thermos with warm water. You don’t need to use boiling water to brew tea in a thermos, as it may cause bitterness and make it easier to drink.
3.Cold-Brewed Oolong Tea – How to Make Oolong Tea
As mentioned earlier, Oolong tea is best brewed cold. Simply use the 1g:100ml ratio and put 5g of tea leaves in a cold brew pot with 500ml of cold or room temperature water. Let it steep for 3 hours at room temperature or refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
The strength of the tea can be adjusted according to personal taste, and there is no perfect ratio, only the best tea for your own taste.
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Like a gentle breeze that carries the fragrance of blooming flowers, the Oolong tea fills my senses with a sweet, floral melody that echoes the rhythm of my heartbeats.
When is the Best Time to Drink Oolong Tea?
For the effect of oolong tea to remove the feeling caused by excess oil consumption, we would recommend that you consume it in the afternoon and/or after a full meal. For one, it assists the spleen and stomach during digestion, and it can also be upifting in the afternoon.
What is the Recommended Daily Intake and Frequency of Oolong Tea?
We recommend that you drink no more than five 250ml cups of oolong tea a day. Consuming too much caffeine will cause adverse effects on the body.
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