Calling all health fanatics and coffee lovers! There is a new superfood on the rise, and it’s matcha green tea. The tea so many have come to know and love has moved from a tea bag to a bright green powder, causing a serious shift in what people turn to in order to get caffeine and antioxidants in their system.
In effort to clear the air in distinguishing a difference between the two, here is some background information. Regular green tea and matcha differ in that while they are both made from Camellia Sinensis plants, matcha is grown in the shade in order to improve caffeine growth. Because matcha is made into a powder form as opposed to being steeped out with hot water, the whole leaf is consumed and nutrient intake is therefore maximized.
Matcha has health benefits that top the charts, making it the newest and most beneficial superfood around today. It’s packed full of antioxidants, which can help reduce aging and prevent disease. The powder is also rich in EGCGs, which is a well known antioxidant that boosts heart health. As an aid to metabolism, it burns calories and naturally detoxifies the body. While doing all of these things, matcha also provides the body with vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. The knowledge of these health benefits alone have allowed for matcha to skyrocket to the top of the superfood charts, topping goji berries, dark chocolate, blueberries, and even spinach.
Matcha is also a possible alternative to the coffee addiction that is prevalent in the majority of people's lives around the world. Considering that one cup of matcha has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of brewed coffee, it’s easy to see why espresso loving foodies are shifting their sights to bigger and better things. This being said, it’s essential to understand that matcha contains a different kind of caffeine than regular old coffee, one that sustains energy levels, and bypasses the spike in adrenaline, glucose, and insulin levels that follows the consumption of coffee. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that produces alpha waves in the brain, which leads to relaxation and a clear mind. That’s right- matcha will boost energy levels, clear the head, and can help keep concentration without the crash of coffee and espresso. Luckily, matcha is also as convenient and practical as any other quick source of energy out there. Commonly, it is consumed after being dissolved and whisked in water, and then being added to non dairy milk. Matcha can be found at most local grocery stores, and may come in different forms, some completely raw and some with added sugar. Don’t be afraid to take a look at the label before purchasing.
Knowing what is being put into your body is inherently important. It’s likely that even after reading this, many will probably still be the habit of making a good cup of jo in the morning, but at least it’s with knowledge of a healthy alternative. Take it as you will.
For more information regarding matcha, visit http://matchasource.com/
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By Sydney Mullen