Yesterday I wrote about what matcha green tea is, but didn’t touch on why it’s good for you. Today, I’ll explore a couple of the health benefits of matcha green tea. You might assume that since matcha green tea is essentially just green tea, its benefits would be the same, but that isn’t necessarily the case.
Because matcha green tea requires you to stir entire ground leaves into the water rather than removing them after steeping, your body is obtaining all of the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that you would otherwise be throwing away. Don’t think that this increases the caloric count of the tea either, because matcha green tea has virtually no calories, making it the perfect choice for anyone who’s on a diet or trying to lose weight.
Matcha green tea is an excellent drink to consume before any workout, ideally around 30 minutes prior. Matcha is a natural energy booster that does contain more caffeine than a regular cup of green tea (though less than a cup of coffee) but it won’t give you any of the negative side effects or nervous, jittery energy from drinking coffee.
If you’re looking to lose weight, matcha can help with that as well. Matcha green tea is a natural appetite suppressant and it speeds up the body’s metabolism too. Drinking a cup half way through the day will help tide you over until lunch or dinner and help you burn calories as well.
These are just a few of the health benefits of matcha green tea that I thought would appeal to you guys the most since my blog focuses a lot on losing weight and getting in shape. If you would like me to dive a little deeper into the health benefits matcha green tea provides, let me know!
I’ve written about some upcoming products that Onnit has in the pipeline, but one that I haven’t written about yet is the Onnit Matcha Green Tea. When I first heard about it, I thought “oh, that’s the tea that Joe Rogan used to talk about on his podcast all the time” but I was wrong. The tea that Joe used to frequently mention is kombucha, which is entirely different than matcha green tea, so I’ll save that for its own blog post.
I know that I’ve never seen this tea on any of the shelves at my local supermarket, and that’s likely because matcha is more expensive than most teas. Generally, the more expensive it is, the better quality it is. The quality of the tea depends on which leaves from the tea bush are used. Better, higher quality, more expensive matcha teas will use leaves from the top of the bush where the soft, growing leaves are receiving the majority of the nutrients from the tea bush.
But how exactly is matcha green tea different from regular old green tea? Well, the tea leaves used in matcha green tea come from the same tea bush as other types of green tea. How they differ is in the preparation of the leaves. Some people submerge whole tea leaves directly in the tea cup. Others take the streamlined route and buy single serving bags from the grocery store. But matcha is a little different. Matcha is green tea leaves that have been ground into a very fine powder.
I’ve never been much of a tea guy, but I do know that traditionally tea is served with a cup of hot water and a bag. You dunk the bag into the water, let it sit for a while, and then take it out. That’s not how it works with matcha tea, though. Instead, you scoop a little bit of the matcha green tea powder right into the water, whisk it until all the powder has dissolved, and then you drink it. Matcha looks unlike any tea I’ve ever seen, with an intensely bright green color. Now that is what I imagine the Hulk’s loads look like! Steamy, frothy, green, and a little scary to drink!