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Over the past two years, the popularity of matcha has skyrocketed. Matcha has created hype and gained popularity for its numerous health benefits, and the versatility of its recipes. Unlike other tea types where you steep the leaves in water, matcha comes in powder that is made by grounding tea leaves which makes it higher in concentration and nutrients. Though growing widely popular, not everyone is fully aware of the benefits of matcha and how different is it from green tea.
So, what is the difference between matcha and green tea?
Though both matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant, Camellia Sinesis, matcha has a better effect and more benefits than green tea due to its powder form, which means you consume the entire leaf with all its packed nutrients. There is also difference in taste between both. Green tea is light, fresh, delicate, and sometimes infused with fruity, floral, or nutty notes. Matcha on the other hand is more intense in taste and richer in texture that is why it is usually added to lattes for a frothy and velvety taste.
What are the benefits of matcha?
1. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
2. An immunity booster.
3. It helps lower cholesterol level.
4. Matcha boosts the metabolism and helps in burning calories.
5. It improves brain function and helps you stay productive and focused.
6. Matcha helps you de-stress and promotes a relaxed state of mind.
7. It helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
8. An excellent detoxifier.
9. Beneficial for oral health
10. Makes your skin glow.
Different ways to use and consume matcha
• Matcha latte.
• Matcha lemonade.
• Mix it with your morning oatmeal.
• Add it to your green smoothies.
• Add it to your baked goodies such as pancakes and waffles.