What is Matcha? The drink of 2019 and all it’s benefits
This form of beverage is getting a lot of buzz lately. Coffee lovers are ditching arabica for matcha, plus every supermodel is walking around with a cup of this green potion. I guess the real question here is: is matcha just a new trend or are there real health benefits associated with drinking it?
Matcha is the cousin of green tea because unlike traditional forms of tea where you steep tea leaves in water to create the drink, matcha is the powder made from the actual tea leaves, grounded, so when you consume it, you’re getting a higher concentration of the nutrients – more benefits.
How does it taste?
Some people describe the taste as earthy, soft, but at the same time intense and refreshing. If you ask me, it tastes a little fishy, but a little milk and syrup will make it very enjoyable.
The preparation of this drink is a part of Japanese tea ceremonies, and it’s been associated with meditation.
Here are the mind-blowing benefits everyone is chasing:
It contains caffeine, which can give you a boost of energy in the morning or in the afternoon. In fact, in medieval Japan, Samurai warriors were consuming it before battles, because of its energizing properties. All green teas contain naturally occurring caffeine, but matcha tea energizing powers come not only from caffeine but also from other compounds such as L-theanine, which can increase the production of serotonin – the happy hormone.
Helps to relax
As mentioned, the leaves used to make Matcha contain L-theanine, which is an amino acid that is known to provide relaxation without the side effects of drowsiness.
Increase fat loss
Since it comes from the same family as green tea, it’s widely associated with increased weight loss. It contains catechins which can decrease the appetite and encourage the body to burn body fat as energy, rather than storing it. So in combination with a healthy diet and exercise, it can get you that summer bod.
Protects heart health
A lot of research showed that regular consumption of green teas including matcha tea had the effect of reduced mortality when it came to cardiovascular disease and the risk of stroke.
How many types of matcha exist?
There are two types: ceremonial and culinary. The ceremonial version is grown in the shade and handpicked for a better flavor, generally accepted as the best quality and the best taste. The best kind is picked from Uji, Japan. On the other side, the culinary powder is cheaper and has its specific smell and taste, usually used for cooking.
How to prepare matcha
Hot or iced, with milk or without, it’s really up to you. It all starts with mixing your chosen powder with a little hot water to create a paste and then adding more hot water, milk or cream. Whatever you choose to make your drink with, it’s important that it does not score higher than 80°C, because that would ruin the taste. In Japan, matcha is made in a special bowl and mixed with a bamboo whisk.
Matcha and the beauty industry
Besides all the health benefits of matcha, it also can transform your skin to perfection. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it soothes redness, blotchiness, and irritation. Its also brightening and energizing and it can help awaken dull and tired skin.
Whether your goal is boosting radiance or taking a more natural approach to skin care, there are plenty of reasons to reach for this ingredient. To add some green to your beauty routine, here are some products:
Let me know in the comments section below if you´ve tried matcha and what are your impressions about it, as well as any recommendations of future articles that you would like to read. `Till next time stay brave & confident! XO