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Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

Date
Jun, 13, 2016

By Fredrica Syren:

I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to matcha lattes. For years, a cup of hot coffee used to be what got me out of bed. Then a couple of years ago, I switched to the more healthy option of white tea — until I began my love affair with matcha tea.matcha tea powder

Instead of drinking only the liquid brewed from regular leafy green tea, you actually drink a finely ground powdered green tea, Matcha. This tea originated in China, where matcha then was used as a drug for healing various ailments. Today, matcha tea is becoming more popular and can be found in many mainstream coffee places. Since it contains caffeine, it has become a popular replacement for coffee because of its many health benefits.

Matcha tea is packed with nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and trace minerals. Furthermore, it is a good source of components with super antioxidant activity including polyphenols, catechins and chlorophyll. The presence of amino acids such as L-theanine and theophylline in the matcha tea is what makes a super nutrient packed drink.

Other benefits of matcha tea include the following:

  • Boosts immune system
  • Boosts memory and concentration
  • Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Helps boost metabolism and burn calories
  • Detoxifies the body

My favorite way of drinking matcha tea is as a latte:

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powdermatcha tea latte
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup plain almond milk
  • Honey or agave to taste
  1. Bring enough water to a boil for the number of servings you are mak Whisk.
  2. 1 teaspoon matcha powder per serving with 1/4 cup boiling water.
  3. Once powder is dissolved into water, mix in the milk.
  4. Sweeten to taste with honey or agave.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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