Matcha tea is known from Japanese tea ceremonies. Japanese Zen monks used it to stimulate alertness due to its high caffeine content. “In powder form, Matcha is extremely nutritious,” emphasizes Zumpano.
Julia Zumpano is a nutritionist at the renowned Cleveland Clinic in the USA. In a recent article at the clinic, the expert explains why Matcha is so healthy and how best to integrate it into a diet to benefit from its many health ingredients.
Matcha tea is a traditional Japanese beverage made from ground, condensed and dried green tea leaves. Matcha is highly concentrated. The green tea powder is said to have a variety of health-promoting effects. A nutrition expert explains how to use Matcha to get as many health benefits as possible.
What makes Matcha so healthy?
What you should know about the consumption of Matcha
As Zumpano reports, compared to most other teas, Matcha has many health-promoting ingredients and is rich in various polyphenols. These aromatic compounds are said to boost the metabolism and support weight loss. They are also said to aid digestion and help with diabetes and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. The following ingredients make Matcha so healthy:
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Zumpano recommends to pay attention to the quality of Matcha tea. Since the powder is very potent, small amounts are sufficient to absorb a sufficient amount of the healthy ingredients. As a rule of thumb for quality, the more intense the green color and the finer the taste, the better the quality. High-quality Matcha generally has a stronger green color because it is dried in the shade and not in sunlight. Furthermore, young leaves are used more often, which grow at the top of the plant and have a much finer taste. As high quality Matcha requires a more complex production, it is more expensive.
If you want to enjoy Matcha as a pure tea, you should, according to Zumpano, choose high-quality products. It is important to check the label to make sure that the tea has not been made greener with food coloring. But Matcha cannot only be consumed as tea. There are numerous possibilities to integrate the valuable powder into the diet.
According to Zumpano, cheaper and not so high-quality products can be used for cooking and baking, for example. On the internet you can find numerous recipes ranging from Matcha hummus to Matcha cookies and Matcha noodles. Here are some ideas.
In addition, Matcha can also be easily added as an ingredient to homemade soups. The tea powder goes especially well with asparagus soups. Matcha powder can be added to many other dishes and drinks. For example to:
As a healthy dessert, Matcha can also be eaten well. “Mix chia seeds with a little almond or coconut milk and add Matcha powder,” suggests Zumpano. The resulting mixture can be topped with fruits, nuts and coconut.
Green tea powder is also an excellent ingredient for smoothies. Zumpano’s Liblings Smoothie consists of half a teaspoon of Matcha, a cup of spinach, half a cup of almond milk plus a fruit of your choice, for example banana, berries, apple, pineapple or mango and a few ice cubes.
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