If, like me, you have been seeing a heavy presence of Matcha at your local coffee shop, then, like me, you might be interested to know what it is and why it is all the rage in coffee shops. How many of you have heard someone ordering a matcha green tea latte or a matcha shot? I’ve even seen its’ appearance at my local juice bar where you can order a shot of Matcha in your smoothie.
So What is Matcha?
Matcha actually means “powdered tea.” Green tea leaves are ground into a fine powder and due to the specific harvesting process of the selected tea plants, matcha gives a much deeper flavor of green tea compared to that of green tea leaves steeped in water.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Yes, there are some, it actually isn’t just hype! As we already know green tea gives us an abundance of health benefits. As previously explained matcha is literally ground green tea leaves, so instead of throwing the leaves away once we have steeped our green tea, with matcha you are actually eating the leaves which makes is far more potent meaning there is a huge increase in the health benefits to be gained. Matcha contains many vitamins and minerals but one of its’ key ingredients is polyphenols antioxidants that decrease our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Matcha has also been hailed as a powerful anti-aging and metabolic-boosting superfood.
Because we are drinking the leaves when drinking matcha we are actually consuming two to three times the amount of caffeine from matcha versus traditional green tea. This is equivalent to approximately one cup of coffee. If you often avoid coffee though because of the caffeine “buzz” you might find that a cup of matcha will give more of a calming alertness rather than the heart rate-increasing buzz you’d get from coffee. L-theanine is the natural component green tea contains that induces relaxation without drowsiness.
Watch What You Buy
Ensure you buy high quality matcha without added ingredients as unfortunately there are matcha powders on the market that contain sugar, creamer, artificial sweeteners, and even lead. So whose ready to join me in ordering a cup of matcha on the next trip to the coffee shop?