In recent years, it has become more and more fashionable to include so-called super foods in your diet. This group also includes matcha. Have you heard of this grassy green drink that is bursting with antioxidants and vitamins? Although it has only recently become a world trend, this drink has been used in the Far East for more than 800 years. We have prepared some interesting information for you, thanks to which you may also include this tea in your daily life. Or at least taste it.
What is hidden behind Matcha Tea?
Matcha is 100% green tea, which comes from Japan, where it already has a thousand-year tradition. It is made from carefully selected young leaves, the pulp of which is ground into a fine powder. It is then simply wrapped nicely and sent to you. No further processing takes place.
A special shading technique is typical for growing matcha tea. About 4 weeks before the harvest, the tea field is covered with black tarpaulins to prevent sunlight from reaching the plants. Subsequently, the plant begins to compensate for the lack of light with an intensive production of chlorophyll, the high level of which gives the tea its typical green color and strong antioxidant effects. No fermentation takes place during tea production, no dyes, preservatives or other additives are added. So you are always sure that you are drinking pure tea in its strongest possible concentration.
9 reasons to drink matcha
- detoxification of the liver: helps to clean and protect the liver from the harmful effects of alcohol,
- contains a number of important antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, chromium, selenium and zinc),
- has disinfectant and antibacterial effects,
- drinking it regularly strengthens the teeth, freshens the breath, removes plaque and acts as a prevention against periodontal disease,
- helps with weight loss: it supports the acceleration of metabolism and the burning of calories,
- replenishes energy: contains tea caffeine, which is released into the body for 3-6 hours.
- supports the immune system,
- contains substances that help induce a state of deep concentration, strengthen memory and induce a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
- improves mood, relieves mental and physical stress.
When to drink matcha?
Due to its high concentration and its unique taste, matcha is not recommended to be drunk on an empty stomach. Therefore, it is best to consume it after breakfast or during midday. If you drink a cup of this tea first thing in the morning, it literally kicks your body, starts the organism, speeds up digestion and clears the mind. And that without negative effects, such as an irritated stomach or a subsequent rapid drop in energy, which is common with coffee, for example. The caffeine in matcha is released gradually, just like regular, for example black tea, but with a stronger effect.
Just have one cup a day, ideally before work or sports .
How to properly prepare matcha tea?
Tea can be prepared in two ways:
Modern method: pour the powder into a shaker or a closable bottle, pour 300 ml of lukewarm water and mix thoroughly. You can add honey, lemon or syrup to taste.
Traditional method: Prepare 2g of tea in an ideal tea bowl and pour 70 ml of water at a temperature of 70 °C (if you pour it with boiling water , all healthy substances will be destroyed). Then beat the mixture with a bamboo whisk into a thick foam.
TIP: the powder can also be used in baking or as an ingredient in your favorite smoothie.
When to consume green gold powder?
Důležité je vědět, že jakmile otevřete balení čaje matcha, je třeba ho spotřebovat do 2 měsíců, jinak začne ztrácet svoji krásně zelenou barvu a chuť. Doporučujeme proto raději čaj kupovat v menším množství, a pro zachování čerstvosti skladovat v hermeticky uzavřené nádobě v lednici. Oproti ostatním zeleným čajům je tedy mnohem náchylnější na vliv okolí.