Learn more about the benefits of sipping matcha

It seems to us that when it comes to green drinks, we’re usually huge fans! Whether it’s a fructose-free smoothie, green juice or a mug of matcha like the one above, we can almost always bet that these drinks are going to be packed full of the nutrients that our bodies love. Usually when we think of green tea we rarely realize that this seemingly simple drink packs a nutritional punch in more ways than one. Since we’re already fans of green tea over ice or in a steaming mug, we were thrilled to know that this powdered variety of our favorite drink does wonders for our health as well.

Like most of our health and wellness posts, we called in holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque with our matcha questions. We knew that the green drink has been having a major moment so we decided to call our favorite wellness expert to break down the many benefits of matcha. What we learned was pretty fascinating. Let’s get to it…

According to Kelly, matcha has a pretty simple farm to table explanation. The tea leaves are picked, steamed dried, and ground into powder for consumption. We were surprised to learn that one cup of matcha contains the antioxidants of up to 10 cups of regular tea. These antioxidants include catechins and the cancer fighting epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. In addition to fighting cancer, green tea has been linked to lowered cholesterol, increased metabolism and detoxification. Its caffeine is counteracted by L-theanine, an amino acid with psychoactive properties, capable of lowering stress levels. If we didn’t love matcha already, we’re certainly hooked now!

One of the most common ways to consume matcha is either to blend it into cold milk or a smoothie, or whisked it hot water. Surprisingly enough though, if you add milk to tea, the casein protein in cow’s milk can bind to the antioxidants and make them unavailable to the body. Therefore, the best non-dairy option is to mix your matcha with almond milk or coconut milk.

Kelly did have one disclaimer when it comes to choosing your matcha. One concern with green tea in the health space is that more often than not, it contains traces of lead. It is important to be aware of the contaminants found in any green tea and always buy organic and higher quality matcha tea, found on websites like Matchaful and Sun PotionTip: The greener the matcha, the better!

A huge thank you to Kelly for the detailed matcha rundown! We were thrilled to know that our favorite beverage ranks even higher in our books now thanks to it’s many health benefits.

Are you a fan of matcha?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments! And if you haven’t tried it out yet, we highly recommend taking your first sip!

XO Team LC

Photos: @bewellbykelly on Instagram
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  • I’m a fan of matcha but only from Starbucks which I know is not really healthy. I’m still on the hunt for a matcha powder that I like.

  • Valerie Kolesar

    Wow, I have seen/heard a lot about matcha lately, but I had no idea of its’ health benefits! Is the taste similar to traditional green tea? Also, do most people prefer to add some type of sweetener to matcha tea?

    I will have to try it soon!!

    Thanks Kelly and Team LC!

  • I have only had matcha a handful of times, but my boyfriend now has an espresso machine, so I am dying to make a matcha latte!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    xoxo Mollie
    http://www.molliebellezza.com

  • Leah Kauffman

    I have never tried it, but now I’m gonna have to!

  • Chantel

    Great information. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love Matcha tea – glad that you pointed out why those who have not tried it should really start drinking it. Awesome post – blessings!

  • Sydney

    Matcha is great even in ice cold water. A guilt-free summertime or anytime drink!

  • I love matcha! Having it as an iced latte is my favourite 🙂

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • I have been drinking Matcha pretty much every day this year – kinda obsessed!! I love it with rice milk for a hint of natural sweetness 🙂

    Amy ♥

    Snippets of Amy

  • I wish I liked matcha but I just cannot get behind the taste!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

  • I absolutely love matcha – love that it gives you the energy without the jitteriness!

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

  • Abhinav Singla

    I drink matcha on daily basis. I whisk it in hot water. I have been drinking it for a year now. It’s amazing with a great taste.

  • I love matcha tea and knowing just how good it is for me makes me want to drink it more often. Thanks for the tips on how to best prepare matcha and what kind to buy. I’ve been drinking mine with regular milk, so I’ll be switching to almond milk instead.

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • I’m a huge fan of matcha, especially matcha lattes <3 Thank you so much for sharing these amazing tips, especially about the lead! I never really knew this, so I'm definitely going to pay more attention to the quality of matcha that I consume now 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Oh i’ve never tried matcha before, the green colour always put me off but I might try t after reading this post 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • Read some not so great things about matcha tea.
    http://www.yourbeautypantry.com

  • Kathryn Miller

    I love matcha! 🙂

  • Thank you for this article! I tried matcha as a coffee substitute during 3 days of cleansing (“diaries of a detox virgin” on my website http://www.enchantingnotions.com), but it didn’t really do the trick as a “pick-me-up” drink – I am convinced of the health benefits though and will therefore give it another try for sure!! 🙂 x

  • Wow, I did not know this about matcha! Such awesome advice in this article, and while I have not tried it, I definitely want to now!

    Kayla Peart | Designer
    Kaev Designs | Handmade Natural Gemstone Jewelry

  • Tengu 天狗 Slayer of Vanity

    167 year old Japanese tea company aims to be the “Starbucks of green tea” with its matcha:
    http://tsujiri-global.com/