Oolong tea is between a black and a green tea. It’s also sometimes known as a semi-black tea. It has less caffeine than black tea, but more than green tea. It also has more antioxidants than green tea, but less than black tea.
Tea As a Whole Food
All tea comes from the same plant (except herbal tea). The types are differentiated by the amount of processing that goes into them. Black tea is the most processed, followed by oolong, then green, and white tea is the least processed. We normally advise staying away from processed foods, but roasted coffee is fine, and the process used to make tea is an ancient process that has been around about as long as civilization.
Paleo Diet As A Guideline
We use the diet of our paleolithic ancestors as a guideline for how to eat now, but we also make sure our recommendations are backed by science. We eat lots of vegetables, not just because that’s what we’ve been doing since we lived in caves, but because studies have shown again and again that vegetables are really good for you. Sometimes this means we have to include things that only came into existence around the Agricultural Revolution. Tea is one of those things that is a mark of society, but has proven health benefits. It comes loaded with antioxidants that can help keep inflammation low and boost our immune health.
Mark Sisson advocates drinking tea in all its forms.