The truth about matcha

In a world of coffee and (well coffee), ordering something other than your standard brew may feel daunting and cause a few stares in the process. The feeling of holding a cup of your favorite latte in your hand has become a staple. That was at least, until matcha tea became the new order. Now it seems that everyone (especially our wellness gurus) are posting about this “trendy” green drink. But before we pull out our phones to snap a picture, let’s break down the health components of matcha instead of focusing solely on its colorful looks.

WHAT IS MATCHA ANYWAY?

If you are familiar with matcha, you most likely explain it to others as “green tea”. Yet, matcha is actually a type of green tea. It is derived from the same plant - camellia sinensis - as other green teas, oolong tea, and black tea but the process to create this super antioxidant powder differs from the other. Found authentically in Japan (though processed in other parts of the world),  the process of matcha begins with shading the leaves to maximize chlorophyll (which gives it its vibrant green color) and bring the abundant antioxidants to the surface. It goes on to be steamed, air-dried, and grounded into a fine powder. Since matcha is an unfermented, whole tea leaf, it delivers the best nutrients of all other teas.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MATCHA?

Green tea contains catechins that hold biological processes of antioxidant, anti-angiogenesis and anti-proliferative. In simpler terms: catechins provide major body defense mechanisms against chronic disease (studies show defense against both cancer and tumor growth). Because matcha is shaded before being grounded, its antioxidants are brought more to the leaf surface, drastically increasing its antioxidant capability (Tufts University found that matcha possesses 20 times more antioxidants than berries). And beyond its superpower of antioxidants, matcha benefits your health in other ways too:

  • Boosts metabolism

  • Detoxifies effectively (and naturally)

  • Naturally constitutes L-theanine (known as the “alert calm”)

  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, zinc and magnesium

  • Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol

SO WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST MATCHA LATTE?

At Village Juice Co., of course! My go-to is the iced matcha latte. Made to order, I love the creaminess of the house-made coconut milk (or almond if you prefer) and MCT oil to give my brain some extra love. If you are on the go, stop by the juice case and snag the matcha milk, (sweetened with vanilla bean, your sweet tooth will thank you 😉)

With the summer heat cooking around the corner, a smoothie may seem more appealing. If you are looking for a refreshing boost, ask to add matcha powder into your smoothie (my favorite is the Curious George) for some extra, clean energy. Village Juice Co. has matcha in various forms to make sure it fit your needs and benefit your health to the fullest!

**information and research found on matcha is linked above in article

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Jonathan Roten