Why Everyone is Mad About Matcha. And Why You Should Be Too!
As you may know, matcha is all the rage these days. Read about its health benefits and why you should get on the matcha bandwagon.
You would have to live under a rock to not have heard about matcha tea. But just in case you aren’t familiar, we at Life Well Eaten will put you up on game. Matcha is a natural green tea leaf that, when used, has many health benefits. It contains a potent antioxidant called catechins, which according to many sources, provides high levels of cancer-fighting compounds.
It is the only tea that contains a high level of valuable antioxidants and minerals. In other green and black teas, most of these antioxidants and minerals are in the leaf and do not get through in the brewing process. This is because they are trapped in the leaf itself. Matcha is what happens when you ground the leaves of the tea. It’s the stoneground tea leaves with a huge combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. Consider it the king of green teas.
Don’t believe us? In order to get the same amount of potency in one serving of matcha green tea, one would have to drink 10 to 20 cups of regular green tea.
Because of its health benefits, you are seeing matcha being put into everything from coffees, to beers, to juices, to recipes for cookies and other baked goods. Everyone is mad about matcha. And we aren’t mad at that at all.
Nutritionists, health and wellness experts, and physicians are singing the praises of matcha because it is also a superfood. Matcha can help prevent chronic diseases, slow down the aging process, and more. And because it is calorie-free, can also aid in weight loss as it helps to boost metabolism and helps burn calories.
Japan first recognized this powerful antioxidant as a health benefit over 1,000 years ago. What started as a meditation tool, the L-Theanine in it helps aid in relaxation and has a calming affect.
Matcha tea also gives drinkers an energy boost without the side effects that occur with coffee or other caffeine-filled products. It is a healthy alternative.
View the video below to see how matcha is made: