What is Matcha?
Whether you’ve tried matcha or not, you’ve all seen or heard about this powder that is turning all our food and drinks green. What is it and why is it taking the world and our Instagram feeds by storm?
First thing’s first: What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea that has been specially grown and processed. The leaves are shaded from direct sunlight which in turn increases chlorophyll levels and the production of L-Theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that promotes relaxation. So although matcha has caffeine (more than green tea but less than coffee) and in turn gives you an energy boost, it is also known for its relaxing effects. After this process, the best of the leaves are carefully hand-picked and laid out to dry. Matcha results when these leaves are stone-ground.
What makes it so popular?
It is believed that a cup of Matcha gives you ten times the benefits of regular green tea. The reason for this is that Matcha is incorporated into water, rather than steeped in water. Therefore, you consume the entire leaf and with it its full antioxidants, vitamins, and caffeine.
Matcha lovers are raving about how Matcha provides them with the energy boost they are looking for, a calmer and more durable one than coffee. Matcha’s properties also allow it to mix well with yogurt, fruit and many other foods, allowing people to get creative in the ways they consume this powder.
Aside from its numerous said benefits like boosting metabolism, detoxifying properties, enhancing focus, burning calories, supercharging the immune system and improving skin health; among other things, Matcha also has its flavor going for it. Its brilliant natural green color doesn’t hurt either, resulting in fun and eye-catching finished recipes.