“I’l have a matcha – chai – almond mylk – small single shot latte please” The latest fad or a genuine super healer?
THE LOWDOWN: originating in Japan thousands of years ago Matcha has long been used by monks for its healing properties and brain functioning super powers. During long hours of sitting, the monks would drink matcha to remain alert yet calm.
WHAT IS IT THOUGH? The word matcha quite simply means “powdered tea” and is our go-to for that 4pm energy slump. Essentially a very concentrated form of green tea, the secret to matcha’s superpowers lies in the way it is grown and consumed. When drinking regular green tea, you throw away the leaves afterwards, a bit like drinking the water from boiled vegetables rather than the veg itself – you’ll get some of the nutrients, but you’re throwing away the best bit. Matcha a fine powder diffused in liquid so you actually ingest the whole leaf.
THE FACTS: Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea and 1 cup of green tea is equivalent to 10 cups of normal green tea.
Contains highest level of antioxidants
One of biggest the buzz words in the fit bubble, antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries.
Boosts Metabolism and scorches fat
Matcha is known to contain polyphenol EGCG, which has been linked to boosting your metabolism. Practically calorie free, not only does it boost metabolism, a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.
Reduces stress & increases concentration
matcha is rich in an amino acid, L-theanine – linked to helping to promote peace and calm while also increasing your alertness. It’s known to help reduce anxiety and stress by reducing your stress hormones, lowering blood pressure and calming your heart rate.
By ingesting the whole leaf, you’re getting all antioxidants, minerals, vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K and dietary fibres. All the vital nutrients to build a strong immune system
Matcha tea contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which are widely known for their cancer fighting properties.
Controls hunger and promotes a healthy digestive system
You guys know that anything promoting a happy digestive system is an absolute winner for us here at ALT/HEALTHY. Matcha contains high levels of dietry fibre and thus helps control hunger, promotes intestinal regularity and helps keep blood sugar levels steady.
HOW TO ENJOY : The list is endless; matcha powder can be added to smoothies, desserts, over salads and of course added to hot water or milk to make tea/lattes.
WHERE CAN I GET IT? EatCleanTea Matcha tea can be purchased via their website www.eatcleantea.com for just 17.99!
You can’t tell us that after reading all of that, it isn’t your cup of tea?