Matcha Green Tea -- Secret Super Food
Discover Secret Health Benefits of Tea



green tea smoothieMatcha green tea comes in a powder form and is part of the Japanese tea ceremony known as Chado, or the “Way of Tea.” It is has greater health benefits than regular green tea because it is purer, something quite noticeable through its bright color. You can drink it hot or cold, use it to make a lassi, a smoothie, or even ice cream.


Japan vs. China

China is well known for their teas, as is Japan. However, when it comes to green teas, many believe Japan has the upper hand because they steam the tea leaves instead of firing them like the Chinese. Japan also uses the tea leaves from the first harvest, whereas China obtains second and third harvest leaves because they are cheaper and more people will buy them.

The main difference with Matcha green tea, which comes only from Japan, is that it is not rolled like gyokuro and is made in such a way that nothing but the soft, inner parts of the leaf are utilized. A by-product known as tencha is the result of this process after which its leaves are ground into a powder.


Types of Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is available in two varieties: koicha, a thicker blend; and usucha, a lighter type.

The nutrients and antioxidants in both products are comparable, but pure Matcha contains the highest amounts of amino acids, such as thiamine.


Health Benefits of Tea

The reason Matcha tea is better than regular green tea is because it contains the entire leaf, not just brewed remnants. A single glass of Matcha is ten times greater in nutritional value and antioxidant content than a cup of green tea.

Matcha green tea is:

These characteristics may help slow the aging process, fight cancer, rid the body of toxins, improve concentration and mood, as well as relieve stress.


Recipes

Matcha is often a key ingredient in hot or cold lattes but what most people don’t know is that the tea needs to be made before adding the hot milk and foam. To make a regular hot latte, simply follow the steps below:

To make this drink refreshingly cold, simply add ice and don’t steam the milk.


Matcha tea costs around $20 for 40 grams or 12 teaspoons, and $34.95 for 80 grams or 24 teaspoons. This is a bit expensive but when you consider the medical benefits and the purity of the beverage, it may well be worth the investment so drink up and stay healthy.

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