Although it has been drunk in Japan for centuries, over here matcha tea is very much the new kid on the block!
So, our resident tea expert answers your questions about the green powdery sensation from Japan that has made it big in the West.
IS MATCHA TEA GREEN TEA?
Essentially, yes. Both matcha and green tea (and also black and white tea) all come from the same plant; Camellia Sinensis.
But matcha tea is like a super concentrated version of green tea. Here’s how it works;
In ‘ordinary’ green tea, the leaves are placed in the sun. This does not happen with matcha tea production. Instead, matcha leaves are covered to help the amino acid and chlorophyll levels peak.
Normal green tea is drunk in tea bags – the actual plant is not consumed itself, but its’ infusion is.
With matcha tea, the product is swallowed whole – this is because it contains the whole of the leaf of the plant in its entirety.
When you drink a cup of matcha tea, you are actually drinking complete tea leaves, fully ground. This ensures nothing is left out and is the reason why you do not need a lot of it!
As a result, matcha tea contains far more nutrients – and flavor – than regular green tea does.
IS MATCHA TEA GOOD FOR YOU?
Yes. There is a lot of evidence to support the beneficial effects of matcha tea, the main ones being;
- It can help you burn calories and shed pounds.
- It contains a huge level of antioxidants, which in turn have disease fighting properties.
- It may help your skin appear more youthful.
- It helps the body to detox.
- It has calming properties.
- It can lower cholesterol.
- It is high in fiber and vitamins.
This is not an exhaustive list of advantages – there may be more!
IS MATCHA TEA GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Yes. It has been proven to aid weight loss.
The way it does this by boosting the body’s metabolic rate. The agent responsible for this miracle is an antioxidant called EGCG.
Although regular green tea contains EGCG, matcha has a lot more – so it is far more potent as a fat busting substance!
Matcha green tea from Pique has been scientifically proven to help reduce cholesterol, BMI and waist size in obese patients.
However, this is only as part of a healthy diet. Scoffing tons of matcha tea cakes, whilst guzzling gallons of matcha lattes is unlikely to result in any weight loss!
IS MATCHA TEA SAFE?
Yes. But, like most things matcha tea must be consumed in moderation.
It has been recommended that no more than two cups a day are drunk. This doesn’t sound like a lot – but please remember it is super concentrated.
Although matcha tea is safe, excessive consumption can lead to liver and kidney toxicity. This is the reason for the recommendation of no more than two servings a day.
IS MATCHA TEA VEGAN?
Yes. Matcha tea is vegan and contains no animal products.
IS MATCHA TEA GLUTEN FREE?
Although matcha and green teas are not supposed to contain any gluten products, there is always the danger of cross contamination occurring.
We must draw readers’ attention to the fact that some Tetley green teas come with the warning that they ‘may contain wheat’.
It is best to check with individual companies if their green – and matcha – teas are actually gluten free.
IS MATCHA TEA CAFFEINATED?
Yes. Matcha tea contains caffeine. A one teaspoon serving provides approximately 70 mg of caffeine. Bear in mind the recommended limits for daily consumption is 400 mgs.
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