Matcha is a form of green tea and the word Matcha means “powdered tea.” The difference between the traditional green tea vs. Matcha is that after brewing the green tea the leaves are discarded. In Matcha, the leaves are made into a fine powder and you drink it. To mix, you add one teaspoon of the Matcha to one-third of hot water, not boiling water. Then it is whisked with a bamboo brush until it froths.
Matcha is made from high-quality tea and even harvesting the leaves for Matcha has its’ own process, different from the way they process the leaves for green tea. Before the Matcha leaves are harvested they are covered with shade cloths. This causes the growth of the leaves to have better flavor and texture. The leaves are hand-picked, steamed to stop fermentation and dried and aged through cold storage. Then when the height of the flavor is reached the leaves are stone-ground into a fine powder.
Since you ingest the whole leaves Matcha is a much more potent source of nutrients than green tea. Matcha is rich in polyphenols that protect against heart disease and cancer. Other benefits include anti-aging, regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure, boosting the metabolism, slowing or even halting the growth of cancer cells.
If you are avoiding caffeine then Matcha is not for you. It has three times more than a brewed cup of green tea. If you are a coffee drinker and prefer the caffeine pick me up Matcha will do it in a much healthier way. It will give you a calm alertness due to the L-theanine in it. L-theanine relaxes you without making you drowsy. It also prevents you from getting jittery the way coffee does.
Matcha is very strong in taste as well and many prefer to sweeten it with stevia or honey to make it more palatable. Others choose to add it to several types of dishes and desserts. You can find recipes to add Matcha in just about anything.
Matcha tea is not recommended for children due to its high lead content. It can contain thirty times more lead than one cup of green tea. When green tea is steeped ninety percent of the lead stays in the leaf but the leaf is discarded before drinking. In Matcha the entire leaf is consumed therefore you will ingest more lead. Even when grown organically the leaves of green tea have tested for lead content. This is due to the plant absorbing the lead from the environment, especially when grown in China. So it is recommended not to consume more than one cup of Matcha tea per day.
Here is a great way to get your Matcha on in the morning in a healthy smoothie recipe.
PINEAPPLE MATCHA COLLAGEN SMOOTHIE (courtesy of Vital Proteins)
1 orange, peeled
1 c. frozen Pineapple
1 c. Coconut milk
1 scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
This recipe has about sixty mg. of caffeine but remember it gives you the “calm alertness” due to the L-theanine in it. Pineapple is high in antioxidants and also in calcium, potassium, vitamin C and fiber. All good for keeping a healthy digestive system. Orange is also high in vitamin C and carotenoids. Carotenoids are known to convert to vitamin A and promote healthy eyes, brain and skin function.
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