Green tea vs Matcha
While the benefits of green tea have been spoken about for years, the sudden appearance of matcha and matcha lattes has got us questioning whether there was a big difference between a cup of plain old green tea and its Instagram famous sister, matcha. Is matcha powder better for you than green tea?
Lets find out.
Did you know, that tea is the second most popular beverage on earth? Water is #1. But tea is so much more than just a beverage, think of the hundreds of ways it is used in cultures and societies all over the globe! Tea is a tradition, and also apart of daily life. But we're not just discusing tea leaves and water, we are talking al things matcha.
Matcha is becoming less of a luxury, and more of a self care ritual. Incorporating matcha into your diet, has so many nutritional benefits, listed below.
1. Matcha for the caffeine benefit (yes, benefit!)
Did you know that tea contains a naturally occurring caffeine? It does! This can support weight loss and increase fat burning during aerobic exercise. However, unlike coffee, tea contains the amino acid, L-theanine, which offsets the jitters, creating a unique balance of calm and alertness.
2. Antioxidant super-powers
Like black tea, oolong, white tea and other green teas, matcha comes from the same evergreen shrub, Camillia sinensis. The difference between the types of tead is they way they are grown, harvested and dried. Matcha is lightly steamed and dried, not oxidized like black tea. The less processing involved, the higher the antioxidant content.
Antioxidants are a key factor in lessening the impact of stress, the cellular wear-and-tear that’s associated with both aging and disease.
The antioxidants in green tea are flavonoids are called catechins, the most potent of which is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. Research suggests that EGCG may support weight loss and improve mood - Bonus!
3. The benefits of green tea and more
When you brew green tea, a lot of the good things in tea are left in the tea bag when you remove it from the cup. On the other hand, matcha gives you the leaf, that you drink, completely. This results in 10 x the antioxidant power of brewed tea, and over 100 times the amount of EGCG.
Much-a benefits in matcha. That's why we love it!