What is Matcha?
So matcha goodness...
A little bit of history
Matcha seems quite new to the mainstream market, but it has actually been around for centuries. It is traditionally consumed as part of the ceremonial Japanese tea ritual and Zen Buddhist monks have been reaping its many benefits for focus, energy and wellbeing since long before the modern day “teatox” was on the cards.
So what actually is matcha powder?
While its new “superfood” label might suggest quirky or complicated origins, matcha is simpler than most expect. It is simply 100% pure green tea leaves grown under special conditions and then stone ground into a delicate powdered form. Nothing you haven’t seen before, but just differently presented and more nutritionally concentrated, MIX N MATCHA is sourced from the world-renowned matcha mecca, Kyoto in Japan. It contains no added sugars or other nasties and is Japanese certified-organic.
How is it different to regular green tea?
Regular green tea involves brewing tea leaves in hot water and then throwing the leaves out afterwards. Matcha drinkers dissolve the entire leaf into hot water and consume it in its powdered form (along with all the green goodness they contain) – how have we not been doing that since the start!? Matcha tea bushes are also grown under special covers increasing the chlorophyll and amino acid content in the leaves.
Matcha has up to 137 times the antioxidants and up to 10 times the nutritional content of regular green tea!
How do I use it?
As matcha is so highly concentrated, you don’t need much. It can seem pricier than regular green tea, but it bears so many benefits even in small amounts. ½ to 1 teaspoon (2g) is our suggested serving size – we have a special matcha spoon HERE if you need. MIX N MATCHA has undergone extensive taste tests to strike the perfect balance between bitter and barely there. You can use it anything and everything – see RECIPES for inspo!
Why is it good for you?
Tea culture was brought to Japan by legendary Buddhist Monk, Eisai. Eisai studied extensively in China and Japan and hailed green tea as a precious medicine for health and long life. The health benefits of green tea are well studied and can include:
- increased focus and concentration
- higher energy levels
- enhanced metabolism
- stronger immune system
- clearer skin
- general improved wellbeing
Matcha, being even more concentrated than green tea, can therefore bear even more concentrated benefits!
We know the sciencey stuff can be boring at times (but it’s pretty important for your body). Just like MIX N MATCHA – made to be user friendly - we'll simplify things for you.
- ANTIOXIDANTS: These help boost the immune system and fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. According to ORAC, (the latest testing method), matcha has a 1300 units per gram rating (vs pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 91 units). 1 g of matcha = 500g raw spinach.
- THEANINE: This is the amino acid that makes you alert without giving you the shakes and is why green tea is a superior caffeine source compared to coffee. Tea is the only plant that produces it. It stimulates the brain waves while relaxing the mind, hence Buddhist monks using matcha for centuries in meditative practices.
- CAFFEINE: Matcha does contain caffeine, which can actually have benefits for focus and weight loss. But for the caffeine sensitive, 1 gram of matcha contains about 25-30mg of caffeine (vs regular coffee with up to 80-100mg). Further, the caffeine in green tea mixes with theanine to produce a calming effect on the body.
- VITAMINS & MINERALS: The rest is long hard-to-pronounce science terminology (e.g. bioflavonoids – what?) To simplify, lots of other goodies in green tea can help boost the immune system, detoxify and enhance general wellbeing. Matcha has higher levels of oil soluble constituents (e.g. Vitamins A, E and beta carotene) that are otherwise lost into water when brewed as regular green tea. Yay!
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