Learn about Matcha Tea
It’s safe to say that most of North America is starting to drink tea. Weather, it be ice tea or a cup of hot tea from the local coffee shop.
Unfortunately, the tea they we are drinking is full of sugar, honey, cream, milk and caramel.
Did you know there is a better alternative to this unhealthy version of what is being referred to tea and sold to us?
It is green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea without all the extras. World-wide fermented tea leafs are added to warm to hot water to enjoy this easy to consume drink.
When we add all the extras, we take a drink which is very healthy and make it unhealthy for the human body.
Matcha tea, is the only alternative to the tea’s I mentioned above, which is healthier for us.
Did you know Matcha tea is being consumed by billions of people all over the world for over a thousand years? People living in countries like China, Japan and South Korea know the health benefits and consume the drink daily.
I believe it is time for the 400 million people in the United States and Canada to learn about the power of this natural plant-based drink.
Why I Cut Out The Sugar
If you are adding all the extras in your tea, you will soon find that the tea is making you fat. If you are, don’t worry you are not alone.
I was introduced to the green powdered drink about 10 years ago when I went to Starbucks and got a Green Tea Latte. Immediately I knew this was a tea drink I could drink every day.
I knew there was a healthier way to drink the green tea. I started to ask for matcha green tea powders with hot water only.
At first I would go to Starbucks and enjoy a cup. But over time I noticed that the drink I was having at Starbucks was much sweeter than when I made it at home.
One day I asked the barista why the drink was so sweet. I asked if they had added sugar to my drink by accident.
The barista said no.
I asked if I could find out more about the Matcha tea Starbucks was using?
The barista walked away and brought the package the Matcha tea is delivered in. As I reviewed the ingredients I found that sugar was the first ingredient, 32 grams per cup! Second was the Matcha green tea powder.
No wonders I found the tea sweet and I gained weight. It was all the sugar. Find 9 tips you can use to start getting lean.
Right then and there I threw out my Matcha tea. Since then I have never ordered a Matcha Tea from Starbucks. Now if I go to Starbucks, I just get a black coffee.
Facts About Matcha Tea
Matcha tea originated in Japan and was drank a part of various ceremonies. Over the year’s other regions of the world including China, South Korea, India and Thailand started growing tea for world consumption.
Unlike tea bags or loose leaf tea, which is steeped between 2 and 10 minutes in warm to hot water, Matcha tea powder is whisked into warm water and then consumed.
This means instead of discarding the used tea leaves once they have steeped in water, you consume the whole leaf in powdered form.
The powdered tea can have a sweet or bitter taste but it packs health benefits which are far superior to steeping tea.
May people will say, “I drink green tea. What is wrong with that?”
This is a great question and one that should be answered. The answer is, there is nothing wrong with loose leaf tea or tea bags.
If we are to consider the health benefits, you would need to drink 10 cups of regular green tea verses 1 cup of Matcha green tea powder, to get the same nutritional value.
If you were to consume 10 cups of green tea you would find you may have a caffeine sensitivity. This is the same reason many people have hard time consuming black coffee.
Matcha Tea is perfect for people who have a caffeine sensitivity. With only about 1/3 of the caffeine of 1 cup of black coffee, Green Tea and Matcha Tea is replacing many people’s morning, afternoon and evening cup of joe. (1 gram of Matcha Tea has about 30 mg caffeine verse 1 gram of coffee has about 100 mg caffeine)
Superfoods and Allergies
More people in North America are considering better food choices and are looking to add superfoods to their daily diet supplement.
Matcha Tea is the world’s most popular superfood. You can find Matcha tea grown organically. It is almost always gluten-free, vegan friendly, dairy free and nut free. This makes the products safe for everyone to consume.
How To Buys and Store The Tea
I will admit it, making Matcha tea is not as simple or as fast as making a cup of your favorite tea. But like anything thing healthy, it may take a few minutes longer to prepare but the health results are worth the extra few minutes.
Good quality Matcha tea should be purchased in a zip lock, air tight package. Not from the bulk bin at your local grocery store. Most people will keep the powdered tea in the package it was sold in.
If you seal the package tight as possible, you can leave the power in the packaging. The goal is to not allow air to affect the quality of the tea power. I keep my Matcha Tea in a tin container. I find this allows the Matcha tea to keep its freshness over a longer period.
The powdered tea should not be kept in directs sunlight, heat and moisture. I suggest keeping the container or package in a cool and dark space. For best results, I keep mine in my pantry.
How To Prepare Matcha Tea
To prepare Matcha Tea you will need four items. A tea bowl or cup, water, a whisk and Matcha green tea powder.
- Warming up water (filtered or spring water) to 70-80c (158-185F), for best results.
Then decide if you want a thicker or thinner drink:
- Thick drink: Measure 3-4 grams of Matcha tea powder for every 60-80ml of water.
- Thinner drink: Measure 1-2 grams of Matcha tea powder for every 80-100ml of water.
**Please note: This is only a recommendation. Please feel free to try different amounts of water and green tea powder based on your desired taste and preference.
- Put the powders in the bowl.
- Add a small amount to water to the powder.
- Use the bamboo whisk in a N/M/W motion to mix the powder and water.
- Once the powder is a paste, add the remaining water to the bowl or cup.
- Again, whisk in N/M/W motion until tea is creamy, frothy and bubbles appear. **Note: If you do not have a whisk you can use a frother or beater.
- Once the tea is frothy you can enjoy the drink.
- Repeat the process if you wish to enjoy another cup of tea.
Bulletproof Your Tea
Want to try something different? Check out this Bulletproof Matcha Latte recipe that is sure to add some additional excitement to the already healthy drink.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Matcha Tea
Now that you know how to make the Matcha tea you still need to understand all the different health benefits associated with the green tea powders.
The nutritional facts may vary from brand to brand but for the most part each gram of Matcha tea powder delivers:
- 61 mg – EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate)
- 34 mg – Amino Acids
- 14.26 mg – L-Theanine
- 30-35 mg – Caffeine
- 328 mg – Fiber
- 447 mg – Carbs
- 1.75 mg – Vitamin C
- 291 Units – Vitamin A
- 26.6 mg – Potassium
Total calories per gram is 3.
Outside of the different nutritional benefits Matcha tea also provides long-term health benefits. As previously mentioned people in the far east have consumed tea for thousands of years. We in North America are only now understanding what they have known for so long.
Long Term Benefits
Matcha tea could be a healthy part of a diet plan. Here are some ideas on how you can make a meal planning to have a healthier lifestyle.
It helps increase metabolism, burns fat, helps with weight loss, provides vitamins and is an antioxidant which can help fight against cancer.
Here are other benefits you should know about:
- Matcha Tea is rich in antioxidants (137x more than Green Tea).
- Drinking Matcha tea can help regulate blood sugar levels.
- Consuming the tea can help lower blood pressure in those who have high blood pressure.
- Matcha tea contains different amino-acids our bodies need to function and stay strong.
The green tea powder contains L-Theanine which is said to help with relaxation, boosting memory and concentration in people. (This is the same ingredient found in commercial energy drinks).
- Drinking Matcha tea can help reduces the stress hormone Cortisol.
- The tea can increase Alpha waves in the brain without causing drowsiness.
- Matcha tea can help lowers inflammation in the body and possibly help those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).
- Compounds found in the tea can help your skin look younger.
- Green Tea is a natural detoxifier which can help remove heavy metals from the body. Having green tea with sushi, raw fish, can help remove those metals.
- Since Matcha tea has the compound EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), which is said to have cancer reducing properties, it may help reduce the change of getting breast, colorectal, prostate and bladder cancer.
- EGCG is said to reduce infections of the gums, liver, lungs, joints and intestines.
EGCG may also help your body fight the storage of unwanted body fat.
- Matcha Green Tea powder can help decrease osteoclasts. This is when the cells in our body break down bone as we age.
- Matcha Tea drinkers usually experience increases in energy throughout the day without the caffeine crash from coffee.
- Consuming the green tea powder can help lower bad cholesterol.
- Many tea drinkers find enhances mental function and a decrease in day-to-day anxiety.
- Drinking Matcha tea can also help balance the pH levels in our bodies.
Cooking with Matcha
You can visit numerous cooking websites and find recipes where you can add Matcha green tea powder. The Matcha powder can be mixed in to add colour, taste, additional health benefits and its versatility.
I have listed some idea for you to consider if you are thinking about cooking with Matcha Tea. I also listed a few non-consumable ways you can use the powdered tea.
- Homemade Muffins, Brownies, Cake and Cookies
- Add it to your Homemade Chocolate
- Breakfast Pancakes or Crepes
- Add to fresh homemade noodles or pasta
- Icing for Cake
- Homemade Bread
- Add it to your Rice
- Ingredient for your BBQ marinate
- Add to protein shakes
- Add to ice Cream, smoothies, latte’s
- Yogurt popsicle
- Add to Fresh Juices
- Add to Milk or Milkshakes
- Mix into Guacamole
- Mixes with other superfoods
Non Food Uses:
- Homemade Toothpaste
- Face Mask (Use powder and a little water to made paste)
- Add to homemade soap
Matcha tea is a great addition to your daily smoothie or juicing routine. You can read about my juice cleanse and see how Matcha powder can be added to your drink.
The green tea powder will help you replace those unhealthy, sugar filled drinks that are so easy to reach for. The powdered tea should be used to increasing your health long in to the future.
Please note: I am not a doctor. Over the last 10 years I have enjoy the health benefits my body has gotten from Matcha Tea.
Millions of people have experienced the health benefits which we can see and other benefits which we cannot see just by looking at the mirror.
I enjoy Matcha tea and believe in the health benefits. I believe everyone should live a health life if they choose to and adding the green tea powder is an easy way to experience the health benefits we all seek.
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If you are looking to Matcha tea for health reason here is my Disclaimer below. Again, I am not a doctor.
**When using any new product, you should consult a health care practitioner to make sure you understand all or any medical issues that may or may not come up by consuming the product based on your current health status. You should consult a health care practitioner if you experience any symptoms or if old symptoms persist. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if taking any prescription medication as you should be aware of all or any positive or negative side effects that may occur during or after consuming the product. Giving Matcha tea to children is generally not recommend. Consult a health care practitioner before consuming. **