Not Just Green Tea: All You Need To Know About Matcha Tea
The modern superfood market is packed with healthy products, which most often have the appearance of powder and organic composition. In China, matcha tea has been drunk for centuries, where the western part of the world is just beginning to get acquainted with this green powder.
What Is Matcha Tea?
Matcha is the leaves of the Chinese camellia tree, grounded to a state of powder. The same leaves are used for familiar to us green tea. The only difference is that for the matcha tea, the tree must be grown using special technologies.
The tea bush usually grows in the shade and 20-30 days before the harvest, the plant is completely protected from sunlight. Due to this, chlorophyll is produced more intensively in the plant and the amount of amino acids in the final product increases.
For making the matcha powder, a whole tea leaf is used and the concentration of antioxidants and caffeine in such tea is greater than in ordinary green tea, based on a standard serving. This product is very multipurpose and can be not only be brewed to drink but also added to desserts, salads, yogurts, and smoothies.
Useful Features of the Matcha
It is the same plant as green tea and their beneficial properties are the same, but three times stronger. One serving of 250 ml matcha tea contains as many antioxidants as 700 ml of regular green tea. Regular use of matcha powder can both reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help lose weight.
Some scientists believe that green tea speeds up metabolism, but this theory has skeptics because other factors influence the process of losing weight too. Matcha tea also affects the psyche and can help in relaxation and improve concentration.
Matcha is not only a drink but also a natural cosmetic product as it is a powerful antioxidant. It is 20 times more active than vitamin C and it fights free radicals that provoke aging. Japanese specialists not only use matcha for drinks but also make amazing cosmetics out of it.
Japanese scientists conducted an experiment that confirmed the beneficial properties of matcha tea for teeth. Even smokers who regularly drink it improve their teeth and the bad breath disappears. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, matcha tea prevents tooth decay and bleeding gums. There is a theory that matcha has teeth whitening properties because it contains calcium and fluoride.
How to Make Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea is measured out with a bamboo spoon in a special cup, known as a Chavan. Then hot water is poured and the contents of the cup are whipped with a special bamboo whisk until the mass becomes homogeneous and foam forms. Usually, a teaspoon of powder should be mixed with 60 ml of water.
Matcha tea and its variations are easy to make at home using an ordinary spoon and a cup. The main thing is to find a suitable proportion and not be afraid to deviate from established standards.
Matcha tea is very useful and the main contraindication to its use can only be individual intolerance. But the matcha tea which was grown in China has a high concentration of lead. This element has a very bad effect on health so you should avoid buying tea from this region of Asia.
The leaves also may contain pesticides and fluorides from the soil in which the bush grows. Using an organic product can protect you from pesticides, but not from lead and fluorides. Due to the individual characteristics of the body, the daily rate of matcha tea should not exceed two cups or 500 ml.
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