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Tea has become one of my new favorite things as I have gotten older and my taste buds have matured. Or at least, that is what I like to think. I have never really been a huge tea fan, until a few years ago, because I really just like the taste of coffee. I always said that is somebody could make tea taste like coffee, then I would be in. But, as time as marched on, my mind has begun to change about tea. I have started to really, really like it in the past few years. Not just the multitude of different flavors that are naturally available, but also for the fantastic health benefits. But, the biggest question now is, which tea is really packing the most punch?
Green Tea vs. Oolong Tea Throwdown!
When it comes to weight loss teas, Oolong and Green tea are at the forefront. Although both teas come from the plant Camellia Sinensis, the processing techniques for the Green tea and Oolong tea are quite different. This inevitability determines their uniqueness and effectiveness. So which one is really the best?
Which Is The Best Tea for Weight Loss?
Both Oolong and Green tea have been shown to raise your metabolism. However, more and more research are now pointing to Oolong tea as the most powerful fat burner. In a direct comparison of the metabolic effects of Green tea vs. Oolong tea, a 2003 research study by the Department of Applied Nutrition at The University of Tokushima School of Medicine showed Oolong tea produced a more significant effect on energy expenditure (EE).
Which Has The Most Health Benefits?
Green tea is often touted as a wonder drink providing all sorts of health benefits. Studies have shown that Green tea can:
- prevent cancer
- lower blood pressure
- aid tooth decay
- boost immune system
- reduce hypertension
However those same health benefits can also be attributed to Oolong tea. So this one falls into the category of “6 of one, half dozen of the other” in my book. Since they are both really big superfoods, I won’t discriminate against either because they both pack a pretty serious punch!
Which One Tastes Better?
Oolong is the most diverse of all tea types. Its flavors can range from sweet and floral to dark, rich and smoky with base notes of honey and wood. Unlike Green tea, Oolong does not have that dryness flavor.
Green tea is known to have a more vegetal and grassy flavor, with a slight dryness and somewhat bitter undertone.
So the real question here is, which one is your preference?
Green tea does offer great health benefits, if you’re looking for something to help you achieve all around health, as well as weight loss, Oolong tea should be a part of your regime. Okuma Nutritionals has a line of 100% all-natural Oolong products, which includes teas and capsules (for those who haven’t hopped on the tea drinking bandwagon). Oolong tea is a treasure chest filled with a variety of health benefits that you should not overlook.
I have personally taken a liking to Oolong tea recently. But it all comes down to flavor for me, since I know that both Green tea and Oolong tea are packed with nutritional benefits. So if I happen to run across an Oolong that has the flavor profile that I like, then I am in. But the same can be said for a Green tea. I very rarely put anything in my tea, so I like for it to be able to carry itself.
If all else fails, and my only options are a tea that has very little flavor, then I will either doctor it up with some essential oils or some local honey. Both of which are great options for those of us who haven’t developed the “tea” taste buds yet.
Have you tried any of Okuma Nutritionals teas yet? If so, which one has been your favorite and why?