I have a list of things that I resisted to my own detriment (yoga pants and sushi top the list) but one that I've known and loved for years is Matcha Tea I had a friend in high school who was from Japan and she introduced me to this amazing powdered green tea known as Matcha. The main area of matcha cultivation in Japan is a place called Uji, which sits on the southeast border of the city of Kyoto, the homeland of almost all traditional Japanese arts and aesthetic pursuits. A 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and an decreased risk of stroke. The richness of fiber in Matcha Tea also helps to stabilize already healthy blood sugar levels.
The tea bushes are sheltered to avoid the exposure of direct sunlight which reduces the pace of photosynthesis and slows down the growth of the plants. The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food - the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method. By definition, all 'real' teas â that is, teas that come from the plant camellia sinensis, including all black, green, and oolong teas â contain some caffeine.
Matcha is used to add flavor to a variety of western-style confectionary items including chocolates, cakes, candies, cookies matcha super green tea and green tea ice-creams. Once the leaf is de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone-ground it becomes the fine powder known as matcha. The tea bushes are covered with cheese cloths for as long as possible to produce leaves of a deep green colour. Not only does it include Matcha green tea, it also includes other potent ingredients such as: Moringa, chlorella, ashwagandha and so much more.
It is used mainly in formal tea ceremonies in Japan, but we're doing our best to convince people that one needn't formally 'study' tea to enjoy it. You can just make a cup. Like all green tea our little superhero contains flavonoids which in studies have been shown to have an antioxidant effect. Because matcha is highly concentrated in substances (both good and bad), it is generally not recommended to drink more than two cups per day.
It's a good alternative to having a coffee latte because matcha gives you a slow release of energy for 4-6 hours rather than the rush of energy (followed by a crash) that you tend to get with coffee. To make matcha green tea, simply blend 0.5-1 teaspoon of 100% matcha powder and a small amount of hot water with a spoon to make a smooth paste. And as a fat-burner and even a cancer-fighter, matcha leaves other teas in its dust. We enjoy Matcha as a treat about once a week, and I've also enjoyed experimenting with adding it to foods for color. Human studies have shown that green tea is able to increase total calories burned by increasing the metabolic rate.