Throughout the past year, matcha has become a new obsession gaining recognition among celebrities as the new diet must-have. It is widely known as the healthier alternative to coffee – it gives the same kick the brew staple does, with just some added benefits. What is this new powerhouse and why should you be drinking it? Scroll down and find out!
What is it?
Matcha are the leaves of green tea that have been grown and processed into a fine ground powder.
Why is it good for you?
Packed with up to three times as much caffeine, matcha gives the same boost as a brewed cup of coffee. The added benefit is that it does not come with the drowsy crash you often get with coffee.
It is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which are associated with protection against heart disease and cancer, blood sugar regulation and anti-aging properties.
Matcha aids in weight loss and relaxation. The stress hormone, cortisol increases appetite and belly fat. On the other hand, matcha curbs impulsive eating, reduces blood pressure and inflammation. In addition, it also relaxes the mind and body.
How to take it?
Matcha can either be used as a brew and hence serves as tea or a latte or either, it can be part of a pre-workout smoothie drink or bowl for that added kick
Be it sweet or savory, chefs incorporate it in their dishes. As you can see, the options are endless! Beware, it has a strong taste and it is advisable to use sweeteners.