Ever walk around town and wonder what that little green drink everyone can’t stop talking about? The popular drink called ‘Matcha,’ made its way as a trending alternative to notorious coffee drinkers. The popularization of Matcha entered all avenues from healthcare to even your local coffee shop.
You can’t go anywhere without the new speciality drink being advertised.
But what is it? Matcha is a powder made from ground green tea leaves, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Studies find that the powder harnesses many health benefits as it is rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll, and amino acids. While coffee is not necessarily bad, it can be replaced with Matcha without any long-term detriments to your health.
Why choose it? Unlike coffee, matcha has the same effects but without the mid-day crash, anxiety, or jitters. For one, while Matcha does contain caffeine it is to a lesser extent than its counterpart. This means that you will receive a cognitive enhancer and energy booster but without the cons that coffee gives. Second, Matcha’s antibacterial properties provide vital protection for your teeth and overall oral health whereas coffee will stain and give you bad breath. Also, evidence shows that Matcha helps burn calories and increase your metabolism rate, this is beneficial for losing weight. While these are few of the many lists of benefits, you really can’t wrong with this alternative plus you don’t have to be mindful of the many cups you consume a day!
As a notorious coffee drinker, I immediately noticed the difference after switching to Matcha. Instead of having a sudden burst of energy for a short period and then needing to brew another cup; matcha gave me just enough energy to stay focused and refreshed throughout the day. This sparked my interest in the new alternative, as I began to understand that it can be used in literally anything: from smoothies, hot or cold lattes, tea, ice cream, pastries, the possibilities are endless. If you haven’t hopped on the Matcha wave yet, the time is now!