What’s the buzz about this green drink called Matcha? With all the tasty health benefits to boost your health, it could be worth adding to your morning routine. It’s among the healthy superfoods that everyone is researching now to be more healthy and with reason because it includes all the health benefits that Matcha adds to your life. Read on to boost your knowledge about Matcha’s health benefits, facts, and preparation. You won’t regret it.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea used in ancient Japanese ceremonies. It is ground into a powder from whole green tea leaves, whisked with a chase, or a bamboo whisk, to knead Matcha powder into hot water.
Is Matcha is good for your brain health?
Matcha has an amino acid called L-theanine, which calms and relaxes the mind and body without inducing drowsiness. By drinking matcha you get 6-8 hours of steady energy and you don’t have to worry about suddenly crashing.
More antioxidants than regular tea
As previously mentioned, Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves, therefore making it more potent than regular brewed teas. When you drink Matcha you get 137 times the antioxidants of a cup of regularly brewed green tea. The antioxidants are so potent, they’re in a class of their own called, “catechins”, which aren’t found in other foods. It helps in reducing anxiety level.
Matcha has more caffeine than coffee does
If you’re looking for a healthy drink with caffeine that doesn’t give you the jitters or crash as coffee does, look for Matcha. In fact, Matcha has more caffeine than coffee does at 70 mg of caffeine per teaspoon. Whereas a shot of espresso has 64 mg.
Can stabilize blood sugar levels
Matcha can regulate glucose levels and slow down the development of type 1 diabetes.
Matcha is good for heart health
Specific catechins slow down angiotensin, which allows for less contraction of blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Therefore, the lower your blood pressure, the lower your chances of getting a stroke, kidney failure, and heart disease.
Boost metabolism and burn calories
According to studies, regular Matcha drinkers have a 35 to 40 % higher metabolism than those who don’t drink this green drink. A higher metabolism means that at resting state, your body uses more calories than a person who has a slower metabolic rate.
Matcha can purify your body
Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green colour and it is also a powerful detoxifier. And because it is shade-grown it has more chlorophyll than other green teas, making it a great daily detox.
Matcha is a suspension drink
Matcha is not soluble, it simply suspends in water and is meant to be consumed immediately before the tea settles at the bottom of the cup. This makes Matcha the only suspension tea drink in the world.
Matcha’s green hue can tell its quality
Higher grade matcha usually comes in a bluish-green hue, whereas lower grade Matcha comes in a brownish-yellow hue. In Japan, they use a simple rule of thumb to classify Matcha into the green color of a pine tree, which is dark bluish-green. They also compare it to bamboo green, which is a yellowish-green. They use this distinction to show that the topmost, youngest pair of leaves in the tea stem are handpicked to produce premium matcha in a method called Niyou (two leaf picking).
The Oika Aroma
Another way to determine if Matcha is of premium grade is by the Oika aroma or the aroma of the shade-grown green tea. It is said that the inviting aroma is only found in high-quality gyukuro and matcha, which are the only two Japanese green tea that is shade-grown.
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Water temperature and softness can affect the taste
Matcha has three distinctive flavors, theanine (sweet, mellow taste) catechin (astringent taste), and caffeine (mildly bitter taste) Since these elements are extracted at different temperatures, the flavor profile of matcha can be calibrated by adjusting the temperature of the brewing water. For example, theanine is extracted equally well at low and high temperatures, catechins are extracted best over 75°C, and caffeine at high temperatures. Therefore, if you would like a softer mellower flavor, lower temperature water (less than 65°C) should be used, as mire theanine is extracted while less catechin and caffeine is extracted also, it is recommended to use softer water because the minerals found in hard water spoil the delicate flavor elements of the tea.
How to Prepare Matcha?
Go ahead and sift 1-2 tablespoons of matcha into a cup using a small sifter. Then add 20 oz of hot water; for best results use water just under a boil.
Then whisk vigorously in a zig-zag motion until the tea is frothy. And enjoy!
We hope this article helped you appreciate Matcha and all the health benefits it has to offer. Now you can enjoy this special drink all the more
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