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 Potion. Tip: 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