All of a sudden, matcha is on everybody’s lips (pun intended, yes). The green drink are taking over grocery shops as well as coffee shops, but what is this hype really all about? Here are five fun facts about the trendy tea from Japan.
A quick shot of caffeine
Matcha contains three times the amount of caffeine that is found in regular tea, meaning it’s not that well suited for late night intake. But on the other hand, it means matcha is a great substitute if you’re trying to cut down on coffee!
Matcha-tea will keep you young and slender
Matcha-powder is made from a japanese tea of very high quality, and consists of whole tea leaves that has been dried and grinded. This means that a larger amount of all the good and healthy stuff is intact, than is the case with regular teas where the leaves are just left to soak and are then extracted from the water. Matcha is very rich in antioxidants, that are said to both help keeping your body young while amping up metabolism at the same time.
Spice it up with matcha
Matcha can be used as a spice in everything from cupcakes and brownies to soups and wok-dishes. The trendy tea-powder has quickly gained ground among health chefs, thanks to its unique flavour.
Stay away from the sugary ones
Matcha has a very specific, buttery taste almost reminiscent of spinach. For some, this taste is an acquired one, but there are also manufacturers who try to conceal it by adding lots of sugar. Don't fall for this trick - it will make your healthy tea unhealthy and it’s basically just a way for producers to use less of the rather expensive tea powder, mixing it with other things like sweeteners or sugar instead.
One cup a day...
Sometimes green tea can contain lead, that has been absorbed by the plants, especially of the tea is from China. When tea is prepared in the traditional way, the poisonous heavy metal is thrown away with the used tea leaves, but since matcha contains the leaves in powder-form, this is not the case. Because of this, it’s best not to drink more than one cup a day.