tvanslooten wrote:Thanks for all the information...but just out of curiousity, if all the teas have weight loss benefits, why all the hype about Wulong/Oolong specifically?
Probably for the same reason that there is a lot of hype about green tea's health benefits, and less about the benefits of black tea: there is folklore indicating that this is the case, and a scientific study was done to prove (or, in more cases, disprove) the belief. Once the study came back with results indicating that the folklore was true, crafty entrepreneurs started disseminating information about the tea in question, using the results from that study as proof. Then, word of mouth took it even farther, and pretty soon, everyone is accepting it as "fact."
The results a scientific study gets depend on the question asked.
If the question is "does oolong have weight loss benefits" you are going to get different results than you would if the question were "how do the weight loss benefits of oolong compare to that of black tea" or "how do the weight loss benefits of different oolongs compare to each other". To understand any study, you need to know the question (or, more accurately, the hypothesis), and how that question was answered (how the hypothesis was proven/disproven).
I'm sure that you have heard that companies can find a study to say anything they want. And this is true. They just have to find the right hypothesis to start with, and the right testing procedures, and then publish the results out-of-context.
The real problem with the health benefits of tea is that very few studies compared
the health properties of the different types of tea. So, when a study says "x tea does y" you are left wondering whether this is a property of all teas, or only of x tea.
There certainly is some give-and-take. The few comparative studies between the teas have shown us that. The problem is figuring out the best type of tea for a particular condition/desired outcome.
I would say, until definitive proof comes along, drink whatever tea you like best without sugar/milk. Because if you genuinely don't like oolong tea, drinking it is just going to make you want to eat something to wash out the taste, regardless.