Oolong tea and green tea are often promoted as health and weight loss products. However, for many consumers, it is not really clear which one is the best. In this article, we try to answer two fundamental questions that our support team often receives:
Which is healthier: oolong tea or green tea?
Is oolong tea or green tea better for weight loss?
Which is healthier?
First of all, all leaf teas are made from Camellia Sinenses. Yes, different teas are made from different cultivars, but they are generally all healthy. Since green tea is one of the least processed types of tea, it keeps a greener colour than oolong tea. As a result, healthier antioxidants are preserved.
However, we should note that the type of tea is not the only factor determining the amount of antioxidants in tea. From a raw material point of view, tea buds in early spring contain more antioxidants than large leaves. And the way you brew your tea also makes a difference.
Finally, green tea also has more potential side effects. Its mild processing may maintain more antioxidants, but at the same time, it makes the tea harder for the stomach to digest. Too much green tea can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
Which is Best For Weight Loss?
That really depends. It is true that there is a lot of research that supports the fact that green tea and oolong tea can be beneficial for a healthy weight. After all, there are virtually no calories in tea (no sugar or milk) and the caffeine in tea helps you burn more energy during the day.
However, what you need to know is that all the papers are looking at whether people who drink tea regularly on a daily basis have healthier bodies. In other words, the subjects of the study have integrated tea into their daily lives! There is no research that proves that tea is a miracle drink with quick weight loss benefits.
There can be rapid weight loss, but it is often due to over-consumption of tea, which leads to fluid loss. There is no rapid fat burning here.
To some this may seem somewhat disappointing, but the encouraging message here is that if you integrate tea into your daily life, you will be healthier and lose weight. The key here is to learn to enjoy drinking tea. Finally, you no longer have to choose between oolong tea and green tea. Let your mood decide!
Oolong Vs Green Tea Caffeine
When it comes to caffeine content, there’s a lot of confusion these days. The general belief is that green tea contains less caffeine. Although this may be true on average, one has to take into account the characteristics of the raw material used. Many green teas contain young buds that contain more caffeine than the large leaves used for oolong tea.
On the other hand, oolong tea leaves are more oxidized, which means that more water is extracted than green tea. This can lead to a higher concentration of caffeine in the final product. Perhaps the most important factor is the fact that oolong tea is prepared with water at a higher temperature. Green tea is often prepared around 80°C (175°F) while oolong tea is prepared close to the cooking temperature. This means that more caffeine is extracted from the oolong compared to green.
Overall, it is relatively safe to assume that a cup of oolong tea generally contains more caffeine than a cup of green tea.