The benefits of matcha

Green tea's cousin, matcha is the new go-to healthy brew.

The health world is going green with envy over matcha and as Sally O’Neil digs a little deeper, you’ll be trading your cup of coffee for this nourishing nip in no time.   

Matcha is a fine, powdered green tea that has been used for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. The benefits come from its high levels of antioxidants to help boost the immune system and improve general wellbeing as well as its high level of absorbable dietary fibre to ease constipation and stabilise blood sugar levels – good-bye cravings and fatigue.

A 1999 study featured in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from eight-to-10 per cent to 35-to-43 per cent of daily energy expenditure.

 One serve of matcha is about two grams, or half a teaspoon. However, more can be used to create a stronger matcha flavour. There are no rules about how much you should consume per day, but two serves is a good guide. While the benefits are pertinent, it’s important to remember excessive consumption of matcha or other forms of green may trigger certain side effects such as headaches, insomnia, irritability, diarrhoea and heartburn, so drink wisely.

 Hot matcha tips:

  • Matcha is strong in flavour, so adjust your tastebuds by sweetening it with honey or stevia
  • Avoid caffeine (including matcha) at least six hours before bedtime
  • High quality matcha can be expensive, so keep an eye out for price drops

Disclaimer: It’s important to note that self-treating a health condition with matcha may have serious consequences. If you’re considering the use of matcha in treatment of any condition, consult your primary care provider.

NEXT: For more matcha goodness try the Vegan matcha ice pops for a cool treat this summer.




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