“Oolong tea is the aromatic fat killer” is one of five claims that serve to attract customers to spend money on oolong tea. Find out how much truth is in five widely-spread claims about oolong tea.
Oolong tea is the aromatic fat killer
No, there is no such thing as the aromatic fat killer and this is the claim that tea shops turned to profit only around the world use to attract customers to spend money on tea that is usually of average or low quality. All real teas are made from same plan – Camellia Sinensis, and more or less share the same health benefits. Level of health benefits depends not only on the quality of tea, harvesting place and time, varietal, processing method, but also on individual lifestyle (exercise, diet, etc.) and the amount of tea consumed. Not only this claim is untrue, it is forbidden by law to take advantage of customer’s naivety and provide false information. Foods that contain statements about certain health benefit should always include nutritional values and all other necessary information on package. Why tea should be any different?
Wulong oolong tea is a special kind of tea
No, wulong oolong tea is not a special kind of tea. Wulong is pinyin (latin letters for Chinese characters) for word 乌龙, which is translated as oolong. Don’t trip over the stories about special wulong oolong tea that helped Oprah lose weight and kills fat cells faster than the speed of light. The fact is that no tea will ever help you lose weight is you keep your unhealthy eating habits and refuse to exercise.
Milky oolong is made by exposing tea leaves to milk steam
No, absolutely no milk is being used in production of this tea. This misconception has spread over the internet so fast that it’s difficult refute it. It’s unbelievably suitable to lurk customers into buying artificially flavored teas. And for raising prices. Real milky oolong got its name for incredibly creamy texture and very light milk-like buttery aroma (although it cannot be felt in all teas). When talking about artificially flavored teas, only flavors were included – not milk.
Oolong tea is red tea
No, not in any case is oolong tea named red tea. Red tea is the name for African rooibos tea, but not for oolong. Red tea is Chinese name for what we call black tea – hong cha, and the reason is more than obvious – liquor has red color.
Oolong tea is a mix of green and black tea
No, oolong tea is not a mix of green and black tea. Oolong tea falls between green and black tea by the percentage of oxidation, which can be low or high. There are green oolong teas and black oolong teas. Oolong teas are probably the most diverse category of teas, by shape, by color, by taste.