There is a new super drink that is definitely taking over the world by storm, and that is a form of green tea known as matcha tea. It is so famous not just in Asia but also to the western part of the world. Nobody actually knows why people are going crazy over this powdered tea, one thing is for sure though, it’s green color is definitely Instagram worthy that most food companies are turning their products into matcha flavored snacks such as matcha chocolate candies like what KitKat did, even Starbucks has managed to release a matcha flavored drink because of this trend.
WHAT IS MATCHA?
Matcha tea is actually one of the favorites of many tea connoisseurs. It is actually a type of powdered green tea that is made from camellia sinesis, which is actually the same plant that is used for other teas such as green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and even white tea. The plants that are used for matcha are shade-grown for a couple of weeks before it gets harvested and after they actually harvest these plants, they steam, dry, and then grind the leaves with all the stems and veins removed, and it would be turned into a fine powder. This matcha tea is normally prepared by whisking the green powder which is indeed very vibrant in color, in a mixing bowl that consists hot water then it must be thoroughly mixed until frothy. Unlike an ordinary green tea, matcha does not have any leaves or big pieces that need to be strained since it is powder.
Matcha tea also appears to be creamier and richer compared to all the other teas but people obviously seem it love it.
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE MATCHA TEA?
Except for the fact that people just want or be updated with the trend, matcha actually has its own health benefits. It contains more antioxidants compared to other teas and it promotes weight loss, reduces stress, keeping blood sugar in check, stimulate the immune system, and it is good for detoxing. In the Journal of Medicinal Food, a study was published regarding the experiment that was done with rats who has diabetes, researchers have discovered that matcha tea actually helped decrease the level of cholesterol, blood sugar, and all of the harmful fats on the blood, it also helped the diabetic rats from kidney and liver damage.
However, one of the reasons why people just love matcha is the fact that it is actually great for the skin. According to the founder of Urb Apothecary, Leona Allred. One of the reasons why she chose matcha as an ingredient to some of their beauty products is because it is actually good for the skin. “Matcha is loaded with polyphenols, micronutrients from plants that are powerfully antioxidant, reducing redness and combatting signs of premature aging. The bright green color of matcha is from chlorophyll which aids in the elimination of toxins from the skin and its anti-inflammatory properties make it a must-have for sensitive skin with acne or rosacea,” she explained.
MATCHA SIDE EFFECTS
Just like almost everything in this world, matcha has its own side effects and harmful benefits for some people. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is definitely not bad to consume matcha tea as a beverage, however, going overboard is something that is not good for you. It has its own caffeine content and may actually give the drinker insomnia, headache, irritability, heartburn, and even diarrhea. Green tea may definitely make someone constipated of it is consumed in huge amounts regularly. Matcha can also be very dangerous especially depending on where it’s actually grown, since some of them may contain a bit of fluoride and lead. Which is why consuming more than 5 cups of matcha tea a day is a big no according to experts and that 1-2 cups is always enough. Children, as well as pregnant women, are not advised to drink matcha tea.
Matcha actually originated from Japan and is traditionally served in ceremonies during the 12th century. Which is why experts believe that the best matcha powders come from Japan since more than the southern part of the country is growing them. People from all over the world love matcha not just as a tea but a flavor for other foods as well such as ice cream, macaroons, cake, and more.