Haven’t heard of matcha? That’s ok – this little powder is relatively new to the super food scene. So what is it, and what does it do?
Matcha is a powdered green tea made from aged green tea leaves which are harvested, steamed then dried. It is then ground into a green powder, which is the component we consume. As the history goes, the Chinese first brought matcha to Japan in or around the twelfth century. The Japanese took to it immediately, using it in an elaborate tea ceremony, before Buddhists also started using it for meditative purposes.
Matcha powder is most commonly mixed with hot water and consumed as a (green) tea. When mixing, the drink forms a frothy texture. The tea itself is known for its incredible source of energy, as well as being packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants and amino acids. One notable benefit of matcha is its metabolism-activating powers. Its root function enables sustained energy and endurance. It may also be beneficial for people with high blood pressure.
It is believed that the health benefits of matcha outweigh those of traditional green tea as drinking matcha allows you to ingest the whole leaf (in powdered form), not simply the brewed water. According to one source, one glass of match is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.
If you are not a tea fan, there are other ways to sneak matcha into your diet. The powder can be added to a smoothie, or mixed in with a latte. If you are a fan of chia seed pudding you can also add some matcha powder for a super food boost.