There has been a lot of talk lately about matcha powder and its superfood powers. Some have called it the “Superfood of all Superfoods.” Truth is, for the last year, I have incorporated matcha into my diet and am familiar with the claims. But you are probably wondering, what exactly is matcha?
- Matcha, by definition, is a premium green tea power from Japan used for drinking or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown around the world, matcha is unique to Japan.
We all know, and have heard that green tea has some health benefits. So what makes matcha different from all the other green teas out there?
- Matcha is a more concentrated form of green tea. For example, 10 cups of green tea= 1 cup of matcha
- Matcha contains the whole leaf of green tea, not just the water surrounding the leaf like in green tea
- Packed with antioxidants, including the powerful EGCg
- Boots metabolism and burns calories
- Gives more of a sustained energy, rather than a jolt, like other stimulants
- Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
- Provides vitamin C, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Aids in concentration
- Has more antioxidants than blueberries and spinach
- Contains no calories
- Can help slow the aging process
I like to shake mine in a shaker bottle and then pour into a glass. It will be green and frothy and smell a lot like tea. Since, I don’t like the tea smell, I usually drink it through a straw. This tends to help me not smell it as much. Within a few minutes of drinking it, you will feel energized and focused.