Green Tea vs Oolong Tea - Part 2 - Sources
You might be thinking that this is a no brainer, when it comes to getting your green tea or oolong tea, but the quality of your source does matter.
A lot of the tea products out there may contain ingredients that won’t do you any good, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. I’ve noticed this problem a lot more with green tea products, because of its popularity.
You have to use a little common sense with your product selection; green tea ice cream isn’t going to get you anywhere! And ready-to-drink teas aren’t always the best option either; a lot of these teas will contain high fructose corn syrup and other junk you don’t need.
Your best bet is to brew your own tea, that way you know what’s in your drink. You can take things one step further and only brew organic teas.
Pour Yourself a Cup
Regular, non-organic tea, that you brew yourself will probably be a healthier option than a ready-to-drink tea, but why not ensure the best for your body and go organic?
By using organic tea, you ensure that the tea plant was grown in the best way possible. You don’t want to consume remnants of a plant that was grown with harmful chemicals and pesticides do you? Plants that are organically grown are healthier and more natural, so you can see why I suggest this route.
You can get organic teabags of green tea and oolong tea. There are a wide variety of different brands and flavors out there for you to choose from, so find what suits you best.
Or you can get loose leaf organic green tea or oolong tea and fill your own tea bags. This method may take a little more time but your tea might come out fresher and cost you a lot less. You can get loose leaf tea in bulk pretty cheap. If you're worried about caffeine content in your tea, it should be noted that tea brewed from a tea bag will usually be higher in caffeine than tea brewed from loose leaves.
And you can actually get organic green tea or oolong tea powder! The green tea powder is more common than oolong tea powder, again probably because of popularity. This is a quicker option because you don’t have to brew your tea. You just mix the powder right into your water. This may or may not be a healthier option because you’re actually drinking the whole leaf (that’s been dried and ground into powder) as opposed to just steeping the tea and throwing the leaves out.
As you can see, you’re not limited on options for good sources of green tea or oolong tea!
In a Hurry?
Admit it; sometimes we’re just downright lazy! You know it’s bad whenever you can’t take the time to make yourself a cup of tea anymore but ah well, we lead busy lives right?
Luckily, you can also get your daily dosage of tea in a pill or liquid extract form. Green tea extract is a lot more common than oolong tea extract or oolong tea pills, which I again attribute to popularity. I’m starting to feel a little bad for old oolong!
So if you find that you’re too busy to brew yourself a cup of tea and want to be able to get a beneficial dosage of tea on the go, then tea extract might be the best option for you.
If green tea extract is what you’re looking for, you’ll have no problem finding it; there are a lot of options out there! It might be a little more difficult to find oolong tea extract, but it IS out there.
So now that we know the best ways to consume your tea, let’s look into WHY you should be drinking green tea and oolong tea.