Join the Matcha Craze!By: Evita Basilio
Matcha is the new trendy ingredient in beverages, as well as sweet and savoury dishes. It’s basically a premium green tea powder from Japan. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf which has been finely powdered, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.
Don’t know match about matcha?
It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. Matcha tea is made by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (heated to less than a boil), which is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it froths.
In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Another polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) in matcha has been shown in research to boost metabolism, and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.
Matcha offers three times as much caffeine than a cup of steeped tea. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind. Matcha’s amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time.
Gatcha try the matcha!
Matcha boasts many health benefits but due to the high caffeine content, I wouldn’t suggest going overboard with it. Next time you’re at your local coffee/tea shop, why not order a matcha beverage or buy the matcha powder.
If you’re wondering how to use the matcha powder in a dish, try our Matcha Shortbread Cookies recipe! Combined with the healthy fats from our Alligga flaxseed cooking oil, this baked good is the perfect trendy treat.