The brightly colored powdered green tea has become popular among health-conscious consumers. Does it have any nutritional benefits?
Put matcha on your morning menu with this latte recipe.
When I was introduced to matcha I immediately had a lot of questions about this unique tea. As a regular loose leaf tea drinker, I was hesitant about instant tea powder and thought matcha was just that. When I quickly found out that it wasn’t, I knew I had a lot to learn.
Devotees of the powder cite its delivery of antioxidants.
Enter matcha: a traditional Japanese powdered green tea that’s harvested from the tips of the plant while they’re still young and packed with flavor, nutrients and caffeine — but not the kind that makes you crash, fans of the drink say.
Loaded with antioxidants and boasting benefits including speeding up metabolism, it's easy to see why the Japanese tea powder has become so popular. But not all matcha is created equal.
It’s no secret we at Bon Appétit love the powdered green tea known as matcha. Heck, we even put it in our holiday cookies. But we’re not the only ones smitten by matcha.
Matcha shines when it comes to green teas because the whole leaf powder is used resulting in more caffeine, amino acids and antioxidants being ingested instead of just the water that was infused through the tea leaves.
If you’re all about your local coffee shop, you’ve probably noticed a new menu item in recent months. It seems like matcha lattes, matcha desserts and matcha smoothies are everywhere these days, and their vibrant green hue is being documented all over Instagram.
So, what makes this specific form of green tea so special? Let’s take a closer look.
Drinking matcha green tea is a centuries old Japanese tradition, yet the stoneground green tea leaves have emerged as a trending treatment that has been linked to healing and medicinal properties, which natural food enthusiasts and holistic medicine practitioners have likely known for many years.
Because matcha is made from high-quality tea, and the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction and anti-aging. Another polyphenol in matcha called EGCG has been shown in research to boost metabolism and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.
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