From green pancakes taking over your Pinterest, to the green latte trend at Starbucks, Matcha’s gone mainstream, but what exactly are the benfits of this green drink?
Matcha 抹茶 (pronounced MA-cha), is a finely ground powder made of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It's consumed a bit differently from the tea bags we are accustomed to, because the powder is whisked into a liquid, typically water or milk using a bamboo whisk, called a Chasen. In traditional Japanese Chanoyu tea ceremonies, which have been part of Japanese culture and with Buddhist monks for centuries, the preparation and drinking of Matcha actually embodies a spiritual experience based on meditation.
TTS Insider: You may get three times as much caffeine in Matcha than a cup of steeped tea!
What about matcha's health benefits?
Because of the way it’s made, Matcha goes beyond just a caffeinated jolt. Reports indicate Matcha may have a more potent source of nutrients and antioxidant benefits than loose tea.
A cup of Matcha a day, may also help keep the dentist away! Properties in the leaves and fluoride the plant gets from the soil, help keep healthy levels of acid in your mouth and your teeth in good shape.
Catechins, an antioxidant in Matcha, seem to be helpful in lowering blood pressure and pesky LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
To boot, Polyphenols in Matcha called EGCG have been shown in research to boost your metabolism, and even slow or halt the growth of cancer cells. However, more research is needed to know if it can help prevent or delay the disease.
For increased energy, Matcha is a bit stronger than steeping leaves, so a little goes a long way.
TTS Tip: Add a teaspoon or two to your granola, oatmeal, yogurt or even baked goods. It’s a great way to seamlessly incorporate Matcha into your daily wellness routine and reap the benefits.
Keep calm and drink Matcha!