Matcha this, matcha that. This powdered Japanese green tea drink is everyone’s favorite drink. But why? It’s pretty, green, and unique, yes, but it is actually much more than aesthetically pleasing. Matcha dates back to 1191 to the Tang Dynasty in Japan when the Zen Buddhist method of preparing green tea was utilized. This method includes grinding young tea leaves into a bright green powder. The powder is then whisked with hot water.
Matcha has a plethora of health benefits that everyone should be aware of. So before you either mindlessly follow the “trend” or attempt to reject what you think is an overhyped commodity, learn some facts about the wonders of matcha.
1. Matcha is jam-packed with antioxidants! Matcha has a specific type of antioxidants, called catechins, that help fight cancer-causing agents. These catechins are the most potent and helpful antioxidants.
2. This green drink helps boost the metabolism and burn fat. Not only does it taste yummy, but matcha also helps the body burn fat about four times faster than average
3. It aids brain function. Ingredients in this green drink help produce dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration.
4. The vibrant tea increases energy levels! Yes, matcha has caffeine, but the drink’s energy-inducing properties come from its combination of incredible nutrients. This makes matcha a clean type of energy that does not involve a crash or jitters like coffee does.
5. It helps detoxify the body. The deep green color of the drink comes from chlorophyll, an antioxidant that helps cleanse and purify the body from toxins.
These are just a few reasons why matcha should be your best friend. The Japanese definitely hit the jackpot with this powerfully beneficial drink. My favorite places to get matcha are Cha Cha Matcha in New York or Yoko at the Wynwood Yard in Miami! I love adding a splash of almond or oat milk and a pinch of stevia to my matcha to make it a tinge creamier and slightly sweeter! Matcha is definitely worth the hype.