The matcha trend has been increasing in popularity year after year, and happily for us in the mainstream, it’s health benefits are no longer a secret. We’ve got the scoop on what’s what with this mysterious powder.
What is it?
Matcha is literally translated into “powdered tea.” When you drink regular tea, the leaves are steeped in hot water to release the flavour, then the leaves (or tea bag) are thrown away. Matcha is created by grinding the leaves into a fine powder, so you are getting the most out of the plant – the most of the flavour and the most of the nutritional benefits.
What does it do?
Matcha has been known to provide several health benefits when consumed on a regular basis: it’s rich in fibre, and provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It’s also very high in antioxidants, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging.
Move over morning cup of joe – matcha powder can have up to three times as much caffeine as regular brewed coffee, and many people say that the result is a more “calm alertness” rather than the anxious feeling, or jitters that can sometimes come from coffee consumption.
You know we’ve got you covered! Wondering where to get your match fix here in the Westshore? Or, if you haven’t tried match yet but you’re curious, here are a few ways you can ease yourself in:
- Starbucks has recently added a creamy matcha tea latte to their menu.
- Shake It Bubble Tea and Fresh Juice offers a tasty matcha milk tea macchiato.
- Or, if you want to mix your own, ask about purchasing matcha powder from Bulk Barn.
As always, before you add something new to your daily health routine, be sure to consult your doctor first.
Sources: healthline.com, womenshealthmag.com, health.com, canadianliving.com