Oolong Vs. Green Tea
Oolong Vs. Green Tea
While water is an important beverage for us to survive, tea is the second beverage that people in the world forward to drinking. There are many varieties of teas that are available in the world. People seem to have improved on their taste-buds and they don’t mind spending extra to get the best possible thing. Tea has gained its importance over the years and today there is much more to it than just a beverage to freshen you up or prepare you for a hectic day ahead. Several researches and studies reveal about the health benefits of tea and this seems to be an important element in increasing its demand and importance. Oolong and Green Tea seem to be the ones preferred when it comes to health. Which tea would you prefer to buy? Here are some deductions that can help you make a buy.
Processing and Taste of the Tea’s
Oolong: Oolong teas are partially fermented and the level of oxidation could be anywhere between 25% to 75%. The soil conditions, plucking season and climate also determine the taste of tea besides processing. Usually Oolongs have a nutty, floral, creamy, fruity and mineral in flavour. Way of brewing oolong tea also changes the flavour.
Green Tea: Green teas are oxidized very less. They are steamed or baked which gives them a grassy, vegetal, swampy, oceanic and buttery flavour. Like oolongs, green tea also could taste different depending on how and where they are harvested.
Catechins are the most important crystalline compounds present in fresh tea leaves. The fresher they are the more catechins in them. The process of oxidation reduces the catechins in them. Since oolongs are oxidized more than green tea they contain lesser catechins than them. Catechins are flavonoids and antioxidants that fight diseases of heart. In a study it was found green tea contains more polyphenols than oolongs which ward heart diseases and cancer.
Content of Fluoride
Camellia sinesis plant collect fluoride in its leaves hence all teas have a certain content of fluoride in them. 8 ounces of oolong tea contains 0.1 to 0.2 milligrams of fluoride while in green tea it is between 0.3 to 0.4 milligrams. Disease of fluorosis can be caused if one consumes too much fluoride. However, it is only when a litre of tea of either oolong or green tea is consumed in a day would someone be at risk of getting fluorosis. Fluoride doesn’t only have negative effects but it has benefits too. Both oolong and green tea can help in dental benefits such as lowering cavity formation.
Content of Caffeine
Both oolong and green tea have between 9 to 50 milligrams of caffeine in 8 ounces of tea. Both the teas have much less caffeine when compared to the black teas. The content of caffeine is determined at the time of brewing.
Other Benefits of the Tea’s
Both oolong and green tea have health benefits and are more than just a beverage. Different studies conducted prove about their importance in boosting the metabolism of the body which leads to weight loss. Both tea’s help in reducing growth of free radicals that cause skin problems thus giving you a healthy, clean and clear skin free of wrinkles. Oolong and green tea also have stress busting properties. They also improve the functioning of your brain and make you mentally alert. Many people with type 2 diabetes have found it easy to control their diabetes when they drank oolong or green tea.
Both oolong and green tea have magical properties hence making a statement about one being better than the other would be wrong.