Oolong is a common type of tea in Asia and is gradually becoming more popular in the western world. It can be considered a happy medium between green and black tea. Black tea is also a fully oxidised (100%) type of tea, which gives it its colour, whereas green tea is heated in some form to stop oxidisation. Oolong tea is generally oxidised from 15% - 85%, giving us a wide variety of interesting teas within the category — some light and delicate, others luscious and strong.
The one main health benefit oolongs are particularly well-known for are their ability to aid digestion. The Chinese have been drinking it alongside heavy meals for years in order to prevent all manner of digestive issues, particularly gastrointestinal discomfort. This has a roll-on effect; due to the perception that it is good for digestion, the natural conclusion is that this is also effective for weight management, as it helps the body quickly and properly digest sugars and fats. For those whose metabolism is notably slow, an oolong tea with each meal may help to make some difference.
Plus, oolong tea is rich and delicious, full of amazing aromas — from fruits and flowers to roasted notes — so who wouldn’t want a cup of beautiful oolong tea with their main meals?
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