Coffee lovers would probably agree that there is nothing better than the first sip of coffee in the morning. And while there are lots of studies showing that coffee has a lot of health benefits, drinking too much of it can cause a lot of problems. Anxiety, addiction and heartburn are some of the most common side effects of drinking too much coffee, which is the reason why so many coffee lovers have turned to consuming natural teas.
One of the most popular types of natural organic tea is matcha. Except for being natural, this type of tea is the best alternative to coffee as it’s powerful enough to fuel a person with the needed dose of daily energy without leading to acid reflux, heartburn, jitteriness, etc.
Generally speaking, all types of green natural organic tea are a great coffee substitute, but matcha is considered the most powerful one because of its production. Since matcha is a powdered tea, when drinking it, you are drinking the actual leaves which are finely ground into a powder form. That way, you are ingesting the whole leaves which are a more potent source of nutrients when compared to steeped green tea. Usually, a teaspoon of matcha powder should be mixed with a third cup of hot (not boiled) water, which after that should be mixed with a spoon (wooden preferable) until it froths. Some people describe matcha as a strong type of green tea with grass or spinach-like taste.
Since matcha is high in caffeine, it is considered that by consuming one cup of matcha you can get three times more caffeine than a cup of brewed coffee. Although high in caffeine, matcha also contains l-theanine (amino acid) which induces relaxation, resulting in less or no anxiety symptoms.
A high-quality and organic form of matcha tea is high in antioxidants polyphenols which can protect us from numerous heart diseases, blood sugar fluctuations, etc. Women should especially love the idea of consuming matcha green tea as it is a great natural anti-aging ally. Another popular matcha antioxidant is the EGCG which is great in boosting the metabolism and slowing down the growth of cancer cells.
Except as a drink, many popular chefs around the world use matcha as an ingredient in both sweet and savoury meals. According to them, the key to incorporating this type of plant in your dishes is to use it moderately and to choose one that is pure and organic.