Coffee has been our go-to energy beverage for centuries now, but with the emergence of new, healthier options is it time to switch to something different?
1. LESS CAFFEINE, BUT STILL ENOUGH TO GET YOU GOING!
A single teaspoon of Matcha contains around 70 milligrams of caffeine before it is added to water compared to around 160 milligrams per cup of coffee. Cutting down on caffeine is good for blood pressure and reducing the chances of heart attacks in young adults. Caffeine has also been linked to incontinence, insomnia, indigestion and many other problems so it might be best to cut down where you can!
2. LOADED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
It’s an overused health term for sure but antioxidants really do help to protect the body from diseases, improving skin and helps the immune system. According to the ORAC test by experts at Tufts University, they concluded that Matcha contains more than twenty times more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates.
3. KEEPS YOU CALM
The naturally occurring L-Theanine in Matcha, while only recently discovered, has been used for centuries originating in medieval Japan. The boost from the L-Theanine and the caffeine is good clean energy to help get you through the day without the spikes and crashes of a usual coffee.
4. BURNS CALORIES AND PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS
Coffee is quite bitter and often requires lots of sweetening. Matcha (while also a little bitter) definitely is easier to drink without sweeteners making it easy to drink cleaner.
New York dietitian Jillian Tuchman, a nutritionist for Aloha supplements, came to the same conclusion: "It's smart to swap it for coffee, which can play with blood sugar, leading to weight gain," she says.
The research also speaks for itself where a 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that participants who drank catechin-rich green tea extract daily lost almost twice as much weight in 12 weeks as participants who didn't.
5. THE FLAVOUR AND VERSATILITY IN COOKING
Coffee is great, but you can only use it in so many recipes due to the natural bitterness. Matcha on the other hand can be added to almost any recipe and does require too many additional sweeteners.
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6. MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
Depending on where you get your coffee from, it’s likely that your beans were farmed in deforested rainforest areas where pesticides, chemicals and factory run offs poison the local water supply. Matcha tea leaves are usually grown in colder, higher altitude areas where tea farms can help contribute to keep areas green. The tea leaves are hand-picked and stone-ground which means no harmful effects to the local ecosystem.
Learn even more about the amazing benefits of Matcha here.
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