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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Matcha Green Tea

So, here is my question of the day - what is the difference between regular green tea and Matcha Green Tea?

Here is the answer I have found. Matcha is more than simply ground up green tea leaves. It is derived from tea leaves grown in the shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, which gives matcha its magnificent amino acids. Plus, when you consume matcha, you are consuming the whole leaf, not just brewed water.

Now you know the difference between regular green tea and matcha, let’s talk about why you
should be making matcha part of your diet.

Benefits of Matcha Green Tea:
  •  One glass of matcha green tea is equal to 10 glasses of regular green tea as far as antioxidants and nutrients. In fact, a 2003 study published in the Journal of Chromatography A found matcha has 137 times more of the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other types of green tea. EGCG has been proven effective in the fight against many forms of cancer, HIV, heart disease and a host of other illnesses and diseases.
  • Fat Burning. You’ll see more and more people skipping coffee or black tea for their afternoon pick me up thanks to the study that found matcha green tea has unique thermogenic properties that nearly quadruple fat burning. Imagine burning as much as 40% more calories simply by adding matcha green tea to your diet! Drink a cup before your daily workout and you’ll increase fat burning by 25%.
  • Pick Me Up. Another reason many people are forsaking their daily cup of java? It turns out that matcha green tea provides a significant energy boost while also providing far less caffeine per cup than coffee. You can enjoy up to 6 hours of clean energy without jitters, nausea and the dreaded caffeine crash associated with highly caffeinated beverages.
  • Chill Out. You know that regular green tea is advised to those suffering from anxiety or insomnia, but did you know that matcha was originally used to help Buddhist monks during periods of intense meditation? Matcha contains much more L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and well-being within the brain, than other green or black teas.
Now, I am a simple girl. I don't need more work than I already have. So, when I tried out matcha for the first time, I just boiled some water and added 1/2 tsp of Organic Matcha. It was very nice...Now, I can imagine how great it would taste in a smoothie or with some honey, but I like it just plain.

Since it is a very finely ground powder, you can use it in many different dishes, besides just drinking it. They have recipes for using it in everything from baking to lattes to macaroni and cheese. Who wouldn't want to add all the nutritional power of matcha to all their cooking?

You can buy it on Amazon or visit Kiss Me Organics for more information.

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  1. I never knew what matcha was! I was skeptical of it because I assumed a powder is less natural than whole tea leaves. Thanks for clearing this up for me. I drink green tea every day, and because I'm currently expecting I try to watch my caffeine intake.

  2. I would love the try this in a green smoothie.

  3. I have tried matcha tea and matcha cookies at a teahouse, but I haven't tried using it at home, I should give it a whirl!


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