An organic loose leaf oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountains, in the Fujian province of southeastern China.
Oolong: Weightloss Tea
In China, oolong tea has traditionally been used for weight loss. To validate this practice, Physiologist Dr. William Rumpler, of the US Agriculture Research Services’ Diet and Human Laboratory, investigated oolong tea’s weight loss benefits. The study measured how tea influences energy expenditure (EE) and included 12 male volunteers who were given 4 separate beverage formulas over three consecutive days. The beverage formulas consisted of; 1) full strength oolong tea, 2) caffeinated water with caffeine equal to full strength oolong tea, 3) half strength oolong tea and 4) non caffeinated water.
The participants 24 hour EE was measured and resulted in;
• EE levels of about 3% higher when they drank either the full strength oolong tea or the caffeinated water versus the non caffeinated water.
• Participants burned an average of 67 more calories per day when drinking the full strength oolong tea.
• Participants increased fat oxidation (fat burning) by 12% after consuming the full strength oolong tea versus the caffeinated water.
• This data confirms that a component other than caffeine is responsible for promoting the preferential use of fat as an energy source.
A 2003 Japanese study compared the benefits of oolong tea and green tea on weight reduction. The study found that drinking oolong tea resulted in greater energy expenditure than green tea.
When identifying why oolong performed better, they found that although green tea had higher caffeine and EGCG content, the concentration of polymerized polyphenols was significantly higher in oolong tea.
These findings show that it’s the polymerized polyphenols, highest in oolong tea, that link tea to burning fat, not just the caffeine or just the combination of caffeine and EGCGs. Furthermore, the rest of the compounds compared in the teas were similar or equal to one another with no marked differences, reinforcing the results.
I have never been a huge Oolong drinker not because I avoid it, only because when I want tea, I go for the green. However I really wanted to try some Oolong this last go around and I’m glad I picked this one. Oolong is a tea that varies greatly. I have learned that no two Oolongs are alike and this one tastes like roasted sesame seeds. If you are one who likes sesame seeds, like me, then you really need to give this tea a go. it smells wonderful as it brews and tastes just fantastic! I have tried it with my meals and just by itself and it, and it has been a success either way.
This tea is a nice change from the more minty, floral teas I usually prefer. It has a good smoky aroma without being too overwhelming.
I began drinking tea as a young boy in 1966. It’s been a long wonderful journey going from tea to tea as I came upon flavors I enjoyed more. Someone recommended Wuyi to me a few years ago and it became my favorite.
I don’t have all the language to describe it… others have done so; I only wish to say that I find it’s great and I recommend trying it to anybody else who’s on a tea journey in life.
Deborah (verified owner) –
Tastes like a new mown lawn. Very grassy tasting. I expected better from the description. Very disappointed.
Deborah (verified owner) –
Update to the above review:
We tried adding cinnamon and cloves to the tea to cover up the grassy taste. Worked a little but could still taste it. I tried a second steeping with cinnamon and cloves and the grassy taste was gone. Pretty good tea on second steep.