Is Green Tea as Good for You as Oolong?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: Is green tea as good for you as oolong?

Oz says: I'm a fan of both. "Green and oolong teas come from the exact same plant. The difference is what's done to the leaves after they're harvested," says Haylie Pomroy, author of The Fast Metabolism Diet and nutritionist for my new wellness plan, called the Regimen.

For oolong, the leaves are left in the sun and intentionally bruised so they oxidize—the same process that makes an apple turn brown. That step gives oolong its yellow/orange hue and also makes its nutrients easier to absorb, she says.

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You don't want to miss out on them—the polyphenol compounds in both black and green leaves can lower inflammation and reduce the risk of many diseases. Plus, they help keep your metabolism and your weight-loss efforts moving in the right direction.

That's why on the plan we specifically recommend drinking two cups of it a day, one with breakfast and one with lunch. (Doesn't hurt that it tastes great.) If caffeine makes you feel stressy, decaf is fine; you'll still get the healthy micronutrients.

Oolong has bruised leaves that brew up a golden tea, while green tea has minimal processing, which lets a grassy color show.

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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