Surely you've heard of this tea, a "celebrity secret" and magical fat melter. Extremely aggressive advertising has made it difficult to ignore.
Bombarded with nine tea ads for every ten on facebook, I eventually started to wonder - just what are these guys actually selling people?
Turns out that this miracle draught is oolong tea. The same oolong tea you can buy at your grocer for 2-3$ a box.
Loose leaf oolong tea has a gentle flavour and contains polyphenols (the magical ingredient). Polyphenols are a group of plant molecules that may or may not have health benefits. (The science is inconclusive.) Polyphenols can be found in a large variety of food sources, including fruits, vegetables, beer, chocolate and other teas. [Wikipedia]
Despite the claims of fat melting properties, the only way anyone is going to loose weight drinking oolong tea is if they drink so much of it that it becomes a replacement for high calorie drinks, like pop and coffee with cream.
Not that my readers are likely tea-dieters, I'm just annoyed by the scamming.