Superfood powders are a hot trend right now. Walk into any health store and you will see it is lined with bags of all sizes. All these mixed potions and each with its own promise of youth, weight loss, energy….which one to choose? Some of these blends are more known than others, like for example, matcha! But even though you know the name, there is a lot more to learn about type, dosage, and usage! Read on to find out more because this is one fad you don’t need to resist any longer! The health benefits prove this! We betcha, you’re gonna buy some matcha after this!.....
What is Matcha and what’s the difference to green tea?
In short, matcha is a green tea powder. The tea leaves are first shaded from the sun right before harvest to maximise chlorophyll and then carefully ground into a powder form. Green tea powder has been used for centuries in Asian traditions, albeit it was reserved for the elite due to the expensive production process.
“The differences between green tea and matcha is that with the latter, the leaves are fully de-stemmed and prior to harvest, they are grown in the shade for up to 20 days. That causes the plant to make more chlorophyll – which gives the powder its vivid green colour.” Source
Japanese vs Chinese
While often associated with Japan, it’s China that is the biggest producer of Matcha. According to a United Nation agricultural report, 83% of exported green tea is grown in China and less than 1% comes from Japan (source). So in stores, you are almost guaranteed to be buying Chinese or Japanese Matcha tea although Vietnam, Indonesia and India also produce and export green tea.
Let’s talk Grades
When buying matcha, it’s very important to note that not all matcha is created equal. Matcha quality is ranked by grades, with the top quality titled ‘ceremonial grade’. In the case of this superfood (as with any really), you want the best possible quality. One concern with matcha is lead. All green teas, even organically grown ones, contain trace amounts of lead and fluoride. In the case of tea, the leaves are removed during processing meaning that most of the lead is also removed. Because matcha powder is made from grinding the leaves, there is a higher concentration of lead. Ceremonial grade is made using the youngest leaves, from the top of the plant. Most research indicates these levels are still very low and nothing to be concerned about, however, it does indicate a reason to choose high quality organic blends!
Benefits of Matcha:
Energy & brain fuel: Think caffeine energy minus the jitters. This is because matcha has l-theanine, an amino acid that helps to balance this energy so you can channel it productively.
Reduced anxiety and better sleep quality all thanks to l-theanine which is a calming amino acid that helps in production of serotonin.
Antioxidants: It’s well documented that green tea is a rich source of antioxidants but the powder packs even more! Specifically, matcha is rich in polyphenols which are linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease.
Weight loss: There are studies which have connected green tea with fat burning (it’s why it’s a common ingredient in fat burners by the way).
Skin health: Antioxidants are fantastic free radical fighters. This helps to reduce both inflammation and ageing.
Heart health: The catechins in green tea have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and help to lower blood pressure
Matcha Lattes, Matcha balls, Matcha Brownie?
Yes its sadly true - these superfood snacks probably don’t contain the same amount of nutrients as the brewed tea. In fact, many store or restaurant products also use poor quality matcha and in very small amounts which reduces the potential nutrient hit even more.
Our friends @irawuk have created a stunning Vegan Snacks on the Go which contains 2% Matcha the Beauty Snack and it tastes divine. How about that!
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Make Meal Prep Exotic again!
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