I had never heard of Oolong tea before Trim Healthy Mama. One of the authors, Serene, came up with a recipe called "Sip the Shrinker." I am a plain Jane kind of gal when it comes to my tea. I can drink a whole pitcher of sweet tea by myself in less than two days. My tea HAS to be sweet. Before I became sugar-free, I used to put 1 1/2 to 2 cups of white sugar in my tea. Yikes!
So, what is oolong tea and what are its benefits? Oolong tea or Wu-long tea comes from China. All tea comes from the same leaf. Oolong tea leaves are plucked, kept under carefully controlled conditions and allowed to oxidize. These leaves are not intentionally broken, leaving most of the cell structure intact. This difference in processing allows oolong tea to have beneficiary differences from green tea or black tea. Here are some of the benefits:
- Weight Loss: Scientific studies have found that oolong tea increases metabolism, burning fat and blocking dietary fat absorption. Participants in a research study burned an average of 67 more calories per day when drinking oolong tea as opposed to drinking caffeinated water. Oolong tea can actually tell your body to burn fat for energy!
- Acts as an Antioxidant: Oolong contains antioxidants that powerfully destroy free radicals. Free radicals are linked to many signs of aging, including wrinkles, dark spots and certain diseases, even cancers. Research conducted by Dr Kenichi Yanagimoto from the university of California, showed that only 15 days of Oolong tea drinking enabled a 50% reduction in free radicals. These antioxidants also help to lower blood sugar.
- Treats Skin Disorders: Oolong Tea has been shown to help those with eczema and rashes.
- Promotes Heart Health: A 2007 American study shows that oolong tea reduces blood concentrates of triglycerides by a whopping 80%!
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Helps with Diabetes
- Prevents tooth decayAct as antioxidantsScientific studies have found that it does so by increasing metabolism, burning fat and blocking dietary fat absorption. - See more at: http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/oolong-tea-health-benefits.html#sthash.QC4h3LHp.dpufScientific studies have found that it does so by increasing metabolism, burning fat and blocking dietary fat absorption. - See more at: http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/oolong-tea-health-benefits.html#sthash.QC4h3LHp.dpuf
I'm all about convenience so I bought an Iced Tea Maker and I LOVE it! So, once Serene told us all of the benefits of oolong, I decided to try it in my tea maker. It works just fine and I cannot tell much of a difference between oolong and what I was drinking before (Lipton). I like my tea strong and sweet (did I mention that I like my tea sweet already)? So, I just make my usual sweet tea but with oolong instead. It's not much of an exciting recipe but I wanted to give you all another option on how to drink it since it is so good for you!
Oolong Sweet Tea - FP
Put 5 - 6 oolong tea bags (depending on your desired strength) in your Iced Tea Maker. Fill your tea maker with water and brew on strong. Fill your tea maker with water AGAIN and brew on strong once more. Put in your desired sweetener to taste (I use 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of liquid stevia which is equivalent to 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar). Fill the rest of the pitcher with ice, stir and enjoy!
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