Matcha Tea - Preparation, Health Benefits, Usage, and Side Effects

If you have seen any Japanese anime or visited a cafe lately, you must have seen a frothy green drink being served, that drink is nothing but Matcha Tea. A variant of the traditional tea – Matcha Tea never fails to delight the taste buds with its exquisite taste. Matcha green tea powder is so popular that it is not limited to the boundaries of a teacup anymore. From ice cream to baked products, Matcha Green Tea has gained a strong foothold in everyone’s heart. (Reference: Green Tea Market Expected to Grow, World Tea News, Retrieved on 21 May 2020)

So what's the secret behind this popularity? Keep reading, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Matcha Tea.

What is Matcha Green Tea?

Mostly popular in Japan, Matcha tea has broken all geographical barriers. Though Matcha Tea comes from the same plant Camellia Sinensis, it is different from the other variants. The reason behind this difference is the process of its production.

Matcha Tea is a type of Green Tea produced by following a specific set of procedures. It’s shaded before the harvest by shading the shrubs from sunlight. As a result, the growth rate becomes slower, and the level of chlorophyll in the leaves increase. This is the reason why Matcha has a darker green colour than regular green tea. For Matcha Tea, only the smaller and top buds are hand-plucked instead of the whole plant. The plucked leaves are left to dry and after that deveined and destemmed. Then, it’s slowly grounded with stone to ensure the leaves don’t lose its aroma due to the fiction produced from the grinding. The result is a talcum like powder of emerald green colour. This is why Matcha Green Tea is so exquisite.

Matcha Tea - Preparation and Health Benefits

What is Marcha and why is everyone so obsessed with it, Runners World, Google Images, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Going forward, the Matcha Tea powder is packed in tight containers to avoid any kind of oxidation, resulting in the colour's browning. Not only is the exquisite Matcha Tea prepared differently, but the method of its consumption is also different. Unlike other teas, where the tea leaves are steeped while brewing, the Matcha green tea powder is directly mixed with the water or milk. Many also like to whisk the tea in a zig-zag motion with a bamboo whisk. The result is a frothy green drink. (Reference: Matcha, Wikipedia, Retrieved on 21 May)

History of Matcha Green Tea

The name of Matcha Tea comes from two words: the Japanese word ‘Ma’ meaning ground or rubbed and ‘cha’ meaning tea. The Chinese Zen monks have been drinking Matcha tea for over 900 years.

Gradually, it reached the Japanese mainlands in the 11th century and has been a significant part of their culture ever since. The traditional way of preparing Matcha Green Tea Powder requires various customary tools. It a slow step-by-step process and regarded as a meditative ritual. Due to the increasing trend of an organic lifestyle, Matcha Green Tea has regained its popularity in China and other parts of the world. 

Is drinking Matcha Green Tea Good for you? What are the Health Benefits of Matcha Tea Powder?

Yes, drinking Matcha Tea regularly is a very healthy practice. As the leaves are harvested by shedding the leaves, the nutrients' content is higher than other types of tea. Also, unlike other tea, where the leaves are discarded after brewing, in Matcha tea, the whole leaves are consumed in the form of Matcha Green Tea Powder. Thus, we get the benefits in a fuller way. Also, it doesn't lose any nutrients during the preparation as it is grounded into Matcha green tea powder instead of being processed by machines.

Here are some other health benefits of the Matcha Tea Powder:

  • Matcha Tea has a high amount of Epigallocatechin gallate. It is a kind of antioxidant that prevents diseases like cancer.
  • It helps in weight loss.
  • Matcha Green Tea Powder reduces the risk of Type-2 diabetes.
  • Studies claim Matcha Green Tea Powder helps in reducing LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. (Reference: Should You Drink Matcha Tea, TIME, Retrieved on 21 May)
  • Drinking Matcha Tea reduces anxiety and dementia. Matcha tea considerably controls liver damage.
  • It helps improve concentration and memory.
  • Matcha tea has more caffeine than other teas, so it improves the body's energy level. Also, the presence of L-Theanine reduces the ill effects of caffeine.
  • It prevents the body from cardiovascular diseases. (Reference: 7 Proven Ways Matcha Tea Improves Your Health, Healthline, Retrieved on 21 May 2020)
  • In terms of nutritional value, a cup of Matcha Tea is equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea.

Healthline. 4 Evidence-based benefits of Matcha TeaOnline Video Clip. YouTube. Uploaded on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2020. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

When Should I Drink Matcha Green Tea?

Though it’s subjective, there are a few particular moments when You can drink Matcha Tea to reap maximum benefits. They are -

  • Before exercising.
  • Before starting to work.
  • During the afternoon break.

Also, we would suggest you avoid Matcha Tea:

  • Early in the morning.
  • On an empty stomach.
  • Before sleep.

How Much Matcha Green Tea Should I Drink Every Day?

Anything should be done in moderation no matter how good it is. Though, you can have up to 5 cups of Matcha Tea in a single day. It is recommended not to have more 1 to 2 cups in a single day. 1 – 2 cups are enough to enrich your body with all the nutrients.

Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

Why Your Matcha Tea is Actually Pretty Good for You, VayaGoogle Images, licensed under CC BY 2.0

How to Prepare Matcha Green Tea?

Matcha Green Tea can be prepared both in a teacup or a tea bowl using the Matcha Green Tea Powder. Let us look at the steps for each of the recipes.

Matcha tea in a teacup –

  • Step 1: Put the water to boil. Use filtered water for better taste.
  • Step 2: Put some Matcha Green Tea Powder in the cup and pour a few drops of water.
  • Step 3: Mix the powder until it becomes a paste.
  • Step 4: Add more water to the paste and stir nicely.
  • Step 5: The Matcha Tea is ready to serve.

How to make Sushi. How to make Traditional Matcha and easy way to Make Matcha Green Tea. Online Video Clip. YouTube. Uploaded on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2020. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Matcha Tea in a Tea Bowl –

  • Step 1: Using a sifter, sift some Matcha Green Tea Powder into the bowl.
  • Step 2: Add the boiled water into it.
  • Step 3: Use a whisker to whisk it vigorously. Traditionally, bamboo whiskers are used to prepare it.
  • Step 4: After the drink becomes frothy, it is ready to serve. You can use Teacurry matcha green tea for both the recipes.

Camellia Tea CeremonyHow to make a bowl of Green Matcha Tea. Online Video Clip. YouTube. Uploaded on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2020. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Does Matcha Green Tea Help in Weight Loss?

Matcha Tea has magical effects on weight loss programs. It’s because -

  • The EGCG catechin present in the Matcha Tea is a fat blocker. As a result, it increases the metabolism rate and reduces the growth of fatty cells in the body.
  • The caffeine content in the best Matcha tea is more than all other types. This helps in reducing the Body Mass Index or B.M.I. and body weight.

 Both these points have been proved by two studies published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

What are the Side Effects of Matcha Green Tea?

Though the best Matcha tea is regarded to be a natural wonder for its health benefits, it is best to maintain moderation and avoid complicacy that may arise due to overconsumption. Here are some of the possible side effects of Matcha Green Tea -

  • Matcha tea can cause stomach problems like indigestion and diarrhoea.
  • It may lead to allergies in pregnant women.
  • As it contains an increased amount of caffeine, it may cause sleep-related problems like insomnia.
  • Having too much of Matcha Tea may cause heartburn and dehydration.

    These side effects may vary from person to person. Also, they can be avoided with moderate usage of Matcha Tea. (Reference: Matcha: Benefits and Possible Side Effects, Very Well Fit, Retrieved on 21 May 2020)

    Preparation of Matcha Green Tea

    7 Proven Ways Matcha Tea Improves Your HealthHealthlineGoogle Images, licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Judging by its popularity and surging popularity as a healthy organic drink, Matcha tea can be termed as a gem of a drink. It is a better choice than coffee because of the presence of theanine. And thus, it can be a good alternative for people who don’t prefer coffee. Matcha Tea is also more nutritious than coffee and other forms of tea.

    Frequently Asked Questions related to Matcha Tea

    Q. Is Matcha tea better than green tea?

      A. Yes, Matcha Tea is considered to be better than other types of Green Tea as it has 50% more antioxidants than traditional Green Tea. Since it’s produced by preventing exposure to sunlight, the mineral content is higher.

      Q. How long does it take for the Matcha tea to work?

        A. The stimulating effects of Matcha tea begin instantly and can last from 2 to 6 hours. It provides an instant boost of energy after consumption.

        Q. Is Lipton Matcha Green Tea good for you?

          A. Lipton Matcha Green Tea is made from the some of good quality Matcha leaves, so it is beneficial. Also, it doesn’t take much effort to prepare Lipton Matcha Green Tea, unlike the traditional way of using whisks. So, anyone can enjoy it without spending too much effort in preparing. You can also try TeaCurry Matcha Tea because we make sure to handpick each and every leave ourself and then process and pack them in perfect condition. All our teas are delivered fresh and always from the first flush.

          Q. Does Matcha make you poop?

            A. Yes, Matcha Tea can improve the bowel movement because of its high concentration of caffeine and antioxidants. It is often used as a natural remedy to cure problems like constipation.

            Q. Is Matcha Tea better hot or cold?

            A. There isn’t any strict rule on how you can drink Matcha Tea. Due to this, the tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold. Some even suggest making Matcha green tea with hot water and then cooling it down with ice. The hot water helps the leaves in releasing the L-theanine.

            Teacurry.com hopes that you thoroughly enjoyed the above research we have tried to put together in terms of Matcha Green Tea and its benefits. In case of questions or suggestions please let us know in comments below or write to us at tea@teacurry.com and we would be more than happy to assist you.

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            2 comments

            • Anoop K A 06:11 PM

              Magnificent article! Well written and the videos was amazing as well. Keep sharing!

            • Megan Broberg 01:24 PM

              Hope this helps: Matcha tea is traditionally prepared using bamboo whisks (known as chasens) to give matcha its frothy, creamy texture. The bamboo whisk is specially crafted to suspend the matcha particles in the water and it assists in delivering a much smoother matcha which does not have any sediment in the bottom. Bamboo whisks are handcrafted and made from a single piece of bamboo. Bamboo matcha whisks are also durable when cared for properly. If you are a matcha lover then a bamboo whisk is well worth the investment.

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