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5 things to know about matcha
27 Jan' 21

5 things to know about matcha

 

 

Matcha means "powdered tea." When you order traditional green tea, the leaves' constituents are infused into boiling water before being thrown. With matcha, you're drinking the real leaves, which have been finely powdered and turned into a solution, which is usually created by whisking approximately a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (boiled to less than a boil) until it's smooth.

Matcha is made by covering the tea plants with shade cloths before harvesting, unlike ordinary green tea. This promotes the development of leaves with improved flavor and texture. Hand-selected leaves are steamed briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and stored in cold storage to intensify the flavor. Following that, the dried leaves are stone-ground into a fine powder.


Matcha has several health benefits:


Matcha is a more potent source of nutrients than brewed green tea since it is created from high-quality tea and the whole leaves are consumed. Matcha is high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to heart disease and cancer prevention, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure-lowering, and anti-aging. EGCG, a polyphenol found in matcha, has been demonstrated in studies to enhance metabolism and inhibit or stop cancer cell growth.


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Caffeine is present:


Because matcha is made comprised of entire leaves, it has three times the caffeine of a cup of steeped tea or nearly the same amount as a cup of brewed coffee. Matcha devotees claim that, in contrast to coffee's caffeine buzz, matcha induces "alert calm" thanks to a natural chemical called l-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness. To guarantee a good night's sleep, it's better to avoid all kinds of caffeine (even matcha) at least six hours before bedtime.


Sweetened powders are available, although the quality varies: 


Matcha has a distinct flavor. It has an umami flavor and is described as grassy or spinach-like by some. As a result, it may be sweetened to make it more palatable. Tea experts also warn that when it comes to matcha, quality matters, and it costs money. To put it another way, high-quality, fresh, pure matcha is costly. A low price tag can be a warning sign that the goods are of poor quality. 

 

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Contamination with lead is a problem: 


Even organically cultivated green teas, particularly tea grown in China, have been found to contain lead, which is absorbed by the plant from the environment. When steeping conventional green tea, about 90% of the lead is retained in the leaf, which is then discarded. Because the entire leaf is swallowed when drinking matcha, you will consume more lead.

 

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