Matcha is booming in the Food and Beverage market with sales on the rise and we want to know WHY! Here is a bit of information we have collected about what you should know about this trending superfood:
Matcha is finely milled green tea powder which has become popular due to its health benefits and its enticing bright green color. This tea is rich in antioxidants – specifically EGCG – a polyphenol which helps protect against heart disease and cancer, while reportedly lowering blood sugars and decreasing blood pressure. EGCG is also known to boost metabolism and burn fat.
To drink this tea, you should mix about 1/3 cup hot water with the powder and whisk it until it is frothy. Matcha has a strong taste – similar taste profile to grass or spinach. The caffeine of matcha is about 3 times the amount of steeped green tea, however it is known to give drinkers an “alert calm” as it contains l-theanine – an amino acid that is responsible for the tea’s relaxing effects. It is suggested to avoid matcha 2 hours prior to bedtime.
As with most trending food products, people have come to create LOTS of recipes using matcha powder – from pastries, to smoothies and even to cocktails! Pinterest quite literally has thousands of matcha recipes! Something to note, however, there is concern that matcha contains higher amounts of lead than tea leaves, so moderation is key. The recommended dose of matcha is 1tsp powder to 6oz of water.
Elizabeth Quigley, Resident Dietician and Diabetes Educator at DHAC