For those of you who follow me on social media know I’m mildy obsessed with my matcha tea. Not only does it taste delicious, but it also has some great components that are extremely healthy for you. I was shocked when so many people started to ask me “What is matcha?” … (WHAT???) It’s basically everything you could want in a latte and then some. So here is why I choose matcha, and why you should too…
What is Matcha Tea?
When you drink green tea, the leaves are soaked in boiling water. You then drink the components of the leaves that are infused into the water. When you drink matcha tea, you are actually drinking the green leaves in it’s entirety. Matcha is finely ground tea leaves in a powder form that you add to boiling water. You can drink it as is, or as a latte with steamed milk (which is my favorite way to have it – dairy free milk of course). You can get matcha powder from Trader Joe’s, health food stores or online at Amazon.
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
One of the biggest benefits of matcha tea is the amount of antioxidants it contains. We need antioxidants to protect the cells in our body from free radical damage (exposure to pollution, radiation, chemicals, smoking, etc.) Catechin (EGCg) is a type of antioxidant that is extremely potent. Matcha is said to have over 100x more of this particular antioxidant than any other tea. Because of these amazing properties, matcha is known to help fight cancer cells and improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Some Other Great Benefits
- Detoxes the body
- Boosts your immune system
- Prevents disease
- Gives off a natural energy
- Boosts metabolism
- Burns calories
- Increases endurance
- Enhances relaxation, concentration, memory and mood
I would say there’s more than enough reasons to give this tea a try – don’t forget to tag me on instagram @ashleyabatiello when you do. 😛