I’m often asked what I like to drink and I have to be honest it really depends on what I fancy that day but for the past week, I’ve been attracted to different types of oolong. Oolong, sometimes spelt Wulong is considered to be the most complicated tea to produce but the results are extremely rewarding as there are a whole variety of flavours, aromas and tastes on offer.
If you were to type Oolong into a search engine, you will be inundated with websites with health claims. This is just an outline of what you might see:
- Antioxidants is a buzz word in the UK media (I’ve seen it in several major tea campaigns), and looking in health and fitness magazines here in Australia, it’s a commonly used word here too. The way I describe it is that antioxidants are the good vitamins and minerals (hurrah!) that help our bodies fight the free radicals, the bad stuff (boo!) which, in damaging our cellular structures can lead to conditions such as wrinkles and dark spots, to more serious conditions such as cancer. Oolong tea (as well as others such as green) is packed full of the good stuff.
- Oolong tea has a reputation for promoting weight loss. There is no consensus with all the studies conducted on oolong tea and the weight loss claims , however as with any weight management programme, if you were to incorporate oolong tea into your healthier lifestyle, it can put you in the right direction. It has been said that oolong tea increases metabolism thereby burning fat and blocking dietary fat absorption.
- Oolong tea is also good for the heart. It is said to be able to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.
It’s a generally accepted fact amongst us Chinese folk that oolong improves digestion making it a popular tea to accompany dim sum. Besides, with the variety of flavours in this category of tea it makes my tea journey an absolutely fascinating one. Why not book a tea-tasting and join me in discovering this wonderful tonic.