Why is there so much hype around oolong tea?
The fact that you are asking us if the oolong tea can be drunk without eating anything tells one a lot about its popularity! The tea has properties that are nothing short of miraculous and wondrous for the human body. Don’t get us wrong, we are talking about facts that are backed by research in the lab. The tea has been shown to possess excellent immune system boosting properties and can serve as a world-class fat burner drug. Except that it is just tea leaves that you are sipping! You could be sipping this drink because of any reason, we don’t care about that. In this discussion, our focus is solely on preventing you from making the mistake that millions of oolong lovers all across the world make daily. And that mistake is enjoying a cup of these tea leaves on an empty stomach!
Is drinking oolong tea on an empty stomach advisable?
By now, we are guessing that you already know the answer to this question. But if anyone is still in ambiguity, NO YOU CANNOT DRINK OOLONG TEA ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. We hope writing it in italics serves the purpose! Now some of you must be wondering, why can’t you enjoy a cup of this delicacy on an empty stomach like say coffee? Well, it is primarily because the ingredients found in oolong tea leaves can contribute to the establishment of an acidic environment in the stomach when you have not eaten. The buffer environment that the nutritionists are so fond of just doesn’t exist in the early morning. So, your reflection in the mirror might look very cool sipping this tea, but in reality and actuality, you are just harming your body!
The nutritional profile of oolong tea
So far, the focus of this discussion has been to keep you away from gulping a cup of this drink in the early morning. But now, let us read some tea leaves and see what you are washing your throat within the name of oolong tea. The main key ingredient that you should be aware of is fluoride, which is supposed to be very effective in averting tooth decay. However, apart from fluoride, there are certain other key elements as well. These include manganese, potassium, and sodium to name a few. Niacin and caffeine with their stimulatory efficiency are also the ingredients that deserve a mention in this discussion. Judging by that look of curiosity on your face, we are guessing you want us to crunch some numbers. So presently, we will do that. One standard cup serving of oolong tea contains about 90 calories, 10 mg sodium, and around 4% calcium. Typically and traditionally, oolong tea leaves are enriched with a high percentage of vitamin C. Ten bucks say you won’t find a more detailed breakdown of the nutritional profile of oolong tea anywhere else!
Does oolong tea aids digestion?
We are happy to report that the answer to this question is in the affirmative. Exactly how oolong tea does that? We give you a generalized overview in these lines. You see, oolong tea contains caffeine, whose main job is to act as an alarm for your body. However, the tea can also alkalize the digestive tract, thereby leading to a reduction in inflammation in those patients who suffer from acidic reflux. What’s interesting to note here is that apart from serving as a treatment for acid reflux and hence improving the digestion in the process, oolong tea can serve as an antiseptic as well. It can cleanse your gut from the infiltration of bad bacteria. The upshot of all this is that your stomach is at peace when you are drinking oolong tea in an orderly fashion.
When should you drink oolong tea?
Notice the stress we put on the word orderly in the previous section? That was because there are certain periods when drinking oolong tea is the last thing you should be doing. You see, if drunk late at night, the tea can interfere with your sleep patterns. Further, drinking a cup of this tea during a meal is a senseless act as well, since the tea leaves can seriously impair your protein uptake process. And lastly, best to avoid it during pregnancy as well, since the caffeine content in the oolong tea is not good for your baby, at all!
Pro tips you should never be forgetting!
In the following lines, we are going to share some key points about oolong tea in general, which can come pretty handy when you are shopping for a bag of it in the market. Pay attention, for there are lots to learn!
1- What’s your objective? If the goal is to lose some pounds, then we will advise you to drink the tea regularly. Skipping or taking breaks will lead to delayed results.
2- Don’t fall for the tricky iced oolong tea that is commonly sold in shops. It is not great for weight loss as compared to the warm oolong tea you can whip up in five minutes in your kitchen.
3- If you feel things are a little boring, you can add cinnamon or lemon juice to your cup of tea. Not only does this add more flavor to your drink, but the stimulatory effects of oolong tea also get multiplied by two, especially in the case of lemon juice.
4- There are many brands of oolong tea in the market, make sure you do your research before you go shopping for it.
5- Make sure you are not over-drinking it. 2-3 cups per day are enough.
That would be all from this discussion. We hope that this discussion addressed your query about oolong tea sufficiently. More importantly, we hope that you will not toss whatever you learned from this discussion out of your mind after reading these lines. The idea behind this discussion was to educate you about the oolong tea forever and not conjuring up a five-minute fun read. Well, on that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this discussion. May you live a life long and full of oolong!