Fit Tip: The Benefits of Drinking Matcha
It seems to us that when it comes to green drinks, we’re usually huge fans! 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. READ MORE
Like most of our health and wellness posts, we called in holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque with our matcha questions. 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.
Tip: The greener the matcha, the better!
Posted by Laurenconrad.com -- January 1, 2017