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Learn | Top 6 Reasons to Drink Oolong

6 REASONS TO DRINK OOLONG

Oolong is delicious but do you know the health benefits of drinking oolong teas? We did lots of research and found the top six reasons for you (trust us, we read them all). Here they are!

1. Aid in weight loss. Oolong tea contains polymerized polyphenols (antioxidants) that can aid in weight loss. Studies have shown oolong to be greater calorie burner than green tea. Fat oxidation was significantly higher when subjects consumed tea rather than water.

2. Fight against free radicals. Oolong tea polyphenols can also protect us against the activity of free radicals. All classes of tea share similar antioxidant profiles since they come from the same plant.

3. Strengthen bone structure. Drinking tea daily, especially black and oolong, can bring some long term benefits for bone structure and mineral density. Studies have shown that regular tea drinkers are less likely to lose the minerals from their bones after a period of ten years.

4. Help with type-2 diabetes. Oolong tea can help patients with type-2 diabetes to regulate the amount of blood sugar found in the blood stream. Oolong works well in combination with oral antihyperglycemic medication to prevent dangerous blood sugar fluctuations.

5. Suppress allergic reactions and heal the skin. Certain skin conditions like eczema are related to allergic reactions or sensitivities. Oolong tea is an antioxidant combatant against free radicals which has the ability to suppress allergic reactions and help heal the skin. Oolong consumption in combination with dermatological treatment has been shown to reduce the symptoms of eczema.

6. Lower cholesterol risks. Long-term oolong tea consumption may be associated with a lower risk of dyslipidaemia, lower blood total cholesterol, TAG and LDL-cholesterol levels.

Now that you know all it's benefits (plus, it just tastes so good!). Let's have some oolongs. 

 

References


Rumpler, William, et al. "Oolong tea increases metabolic rate and fat oxidation in men." The Journal of nutrition 131.11 (2001): 2848-2852.
Wang G., Liu G., Zhao H., Zhang F., Li S., Chen Y., Zhang Z. "Oolong tea drinking could help prevent bone loss in postmenopausal Han Chinese women.." Cell Biochem. Biophys.. 70 (2014): 1289-1293.
Kazuaki Hosoda, BS, Ming-Fu Wang, PHD, Mei-Ling Liao, MS, Chin-Kuang Chuang, MD, Miyuki Iha, BS, Beverly Clevidence, PHD and Shigeru Yamamoto, PHD "Antihyperglycemic Effect of Oolong Tea in Type 2 Diabetes.." Diabetes Care. 26 (2003): 1714-1718.
Uehara M., Sugiura H. and Sakurai K. "A trial of oolong tea in the management of recalcitrant atopic dermatitis.." Arch. Dermatol.. 137 (2001): 42-43.
Yi, Deqing, et al. "Reduced risk of dyslipidaemia with oolong tea consumption: a population-based study in southern China." British Journal of Nutrition 111.08 (2014): 1421-1429.
Weerawatanakorn, Monthana, et al. "Chemistry and health beneficial effects of oolong tea and theasinensins." Food Science and Human Wellness 4.4 (2015): 133-146.

Tea Recipe

Recipe | Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Raw Chocolate

Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea Raw Chocolate

Making healthy raw chocolate is so easy, I couldn't believe it when a dear friend shared her recipe. This recipe is vegan, raw and gluten free but still taste all in all amazing and no less chocolate-y than the regular chocolates. I have been making this when I visit friends and for coworkers at the office. The recipe only takes 30 minutes so it's possible to make this from start to finish while waiting for laundry!

Ingredients

Steps

  1. Grind oriental beauty oolong tea down to powder
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a double boiler or in a bowl inside a bigger bowl that is filled with hot water. 
  3. Mix the mixture till the texture is smooth
  4. Pour the mixture into chocolate molds or baking tray 
  5. Let the chocolates rest in the freezer for an hour or fridge for 3 hour

Alternative fun flavour ideas

This recipe is easy and versatile, you can add any flavours you like to it. Our suggestions include Iron Buddha Oolong Tea with walnuts, Red Jade Black Tea with peppermint and Chamomile with a little bit of rosemary.

Enjoy the healthy raw chocolates with our Iron Buddha Oolong Tea Bourbon Soy Latte. Try the soy latte recipe here!

Tea Recipe

Recipe | Red Jade Black Tea Infused Raw Chocolate

Happy holiday! With secret santa gift exchanges and holiday dinner hosting coming up, we are here to help you! This tea infused raw chocolate recipe is one that everyone would love and it's easy to make with minimum effort. Read on, we'll teach you how to make tea infused raw chocolate. 

The Red Jade Black Tea Infused Raw Chocolate Recipe

Utensils

  • pot or pan
  • stainless steel or tempered glass bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • spatula
  • mortar and pestle
  • tray (we use 15 cm x 15 cm pan)

Ingredients

Makes one 15cm x 15 cm x 3cm chocolate block

  • chocolate 200g (sweet or bitter, it's up to you!)
  • butter 35g
  • cream 100ml
  • honey 5g (replace with maple syrup for a Canadian touch)
  • Red Jade Black Tea 3g 

Steps

30 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cut

  1. Grind Red Jade Black Tea into powder form with mortar and pestle.
  2. Combine chopped chocolate and butter together in a double boiler setup.
  3. In a small pot, combine cream, honey and tea under low heat. Turn off the heat immediately when it starts to simmer then let it rest for 2 minutes.
  4. Combine both mixtures then pour into the tray.
  5. Place in freezer for at least one hour for the mixture to solidify.
  6. Take out and cut them into 2.5cm x 2.5cm squares.
  7.  Optional decoration is to sprinkle coco powder.

Alternative Flavour Ideas:
Iron Buddha Oolong with a pinch of lavender
Oriental Beauty Oolong with a pinch of cinnamon


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Learn | Health Benefits of Cold Brew Tea

Cold Brew Tea Health Benefits

What's the difference between our cold brew tea and other tea drinks out there? That's a question we get a lot so we're here to tell you point by point!

 
 


1.    Zero calories. Our goal is to offer healthy drink. What's a healthy drink? Zero calories and no additional sweeteners. It's that simple.

2.    Catechin. It's an antioxidant and flavonoid. It helps you fight free radicals and protects you from a number of diseases. Teas contain catechins naturally.

3.    Less tannin. Tannin is what's making teas and wine bitter and complex however, cold brewing  extracts less tannin which means the teas will taste less bitter while maintaining it's complexity. (This is technically not a health benefit but hey, the teas taste better right?)

4.    Less caffeine. Cold water brewing extracts half the normal caffeine amount which means it’ll be better for your stomach and sleeping problems.

5.    Fresh. We source and brew our teas fresh and bottle them raw so you’ll always drink fresh teas that still contain all their health benefits.

6.    Clean. We directly work with Taiwanese tea farmers which means we can make sure the teas are safe and clean for consumption. In addition, we add no extra artificial flavours because we believe in natural flavours and clean drinks.

Enjoy the cold brew tea everybody!