Matcha …… it’s been around for centuries! It’s now the newest trend. Starbucks and similar coffee shops have already found a way to include it in EVERYTHING, Beauty brands are adding it into skin creams and all of the celebs are talking about it!
So why should it be your new #bestie?
Well if Matcha was a girl group, it would be the Beyonce and Green Tea would be the Kelly (did I just write that!) To put it simply, it is the ‘bad-ass’ version of Green Tea.
With 137 x the antioxidant power of green tea and 10 x the nutritional value these pure ground green leaves are seriously good for you. In fact, if you can afford it… bath in it!
The Science bit. Well…
Matcha is packed with catechins, which are very important antioxidants that help fight bacteria, free radicals and even infections. One very specific catechin that boosts your metabloism is called the EGCG catechin, or epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is almost 137 times greater in Matcha than in your average green tea. Matcha also blocks the ability of digestive enzymes to break down fat, a step necessary for fat to enter our cells. So instead of absorbing and storing the fat, it gets passed through the body. In addition to all of that, Matcha is also a natural appetite suppressant. Burn more calories, lose more fat!
Wait a minute… Matcha gets rid of fat…
YEP! Someone in America (of course) discovered that consuming Matcha increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calerories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of the daily energy expenditure.
Another study demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking Matcha tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.
Both studies suggest Matcha tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate and fat burning – can I get an Amen?
Although Matcha contains some caffeine, the relaxing properties of L-theanine counterbalance the “jittery” effects of caffeine. Therefore, a cup of Matcha tea promotes concentration and clarity of mind without producing any of the nervous energy typically associated with coffee.
I’m convinced, Sign me up!
Ok.. Matcha is an ‘acquired taste’ generally compared to ‘drinking vegetables’ with a lingering sweet aftertatste. Matcha is widely available and I would recommend purchasing the powder from Tea Pigs as it is more natural.
If you don’t like the taste, you can also mix it with KREED Nutritons Pea Protein or with fruit in a smoothie.
It will turn everything green, but the benefits will be worth it!