Don’t let the complicated name fool you. Rooibos tea is just as easy to make and carries similar weight loss benefits as oolong tea.
Unlike white, green, oolong, and black tea (which all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis), rooibos is actually an herbal tea that comes from the rooibos plant.
However, rooibos does share one thing in common with green tea in particular: it contains beneficial flavonoids. These are essentially a type of antioxidant that help fight off free radicals caused by issues like poor diet and pollution.
Rooibos tea also contains another antioxidant that just so happens to be connected to weight loss: catechins.
During one study, researchers examined the effects of catechins from tea drinking and found that daily consumption resulted in “significantly lower” body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat in participants.
And these fat-melting catechins are not only found in rooibos tea. They can also be obtained by drinking oolong and green tea too.