Matcha Green Tea Diet Review

Matcha Green Tea
Diet Review

by George Pierce
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Matcha Green Tea Diet Review

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Matcha Green Tea comes in a powder form.  
Matcha Green Tea is a Premium Japanese tea that is finely milled into a powder.    
Matcha Green Tea  is used in coffee drinks, cereals, energy bars, ice creams, cakes, and health foods.

How Matcha Green Tea is different:

 Several weeks before Matcha Green Tea is harvested, the tea leaves are covered to prevent exposure to direct sunlight.  The result is a slow down in growth, a darker green leaf, and an increase in amino acids which causes the Matcha Green Tea to become sweeter.  

After harvesting, the leaves are usually rolled out before drying and the result is jade dew (gyokuro) tea. Leaves that are laid flat to dry will crumble somewhat, and become tencha.  Tencha is then de-veined and de-stemmed and stone ground into Matcha. 

Tea grade Matcha is stone ground only, industrial grade Matcha is ground by machines. Matcha is a green, talc like powdered tea.  When you drink (or eat) Matcha Green Tea you are essentially consuming the whole tea leaf along with the water, rather than just the steeped water. 

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This means that one cup of  Matcha Green Tea is nutritionally equal to about ten cups of other green teas!
  
Matcha is unique to Japan, and can be used for thin tea, thick tea, and in all kinds of recipes.


Matcha Green Tea is known a mood enhancer due to the fact that it contains L-theanine, which is an amino acid that relaxes the body.  Matcha's amino acids and caffeine combination tend to provide a calm alertness.  Amino acids are also responsible for Matcha's unique taste, known as umami which is characteristic of a creamy rich  feel in your mouth.

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Matcha Green Tea health benefits:
  • High in antioxidants, it contains 137 times more  of the antioxidant EGCG than other green teas. 
  • High in of fiber
  • Rich in nutrients, about 10 times more nutrition than other green teas
  • A good source of chlorophyll, which acts an aid in body detoxification
  • Sugar free
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Reduces cholesterol levels when used regularly
  • Stimulates your immune system 
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces you risk of cancer
  • Improves gum health

Matcha Green Tea is said to have a positive affect on cancer, because it helps make your body alkaline and cancer cells cannot grow in alkaline.  Thus Matcha Green Tea is considered to reduce your risk of cancer.

Matcha Green Tea has a unique taste:

Matcha's taste is fairly strong, some say that it is sort of a spinach-like or grass-like taste,  and, of course it has that 
umami character.  
 
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What is the best way to drink Matcha Green Tea?

Matcha Green Tea, can be used in many different ways and recipes, but it is a tea, so most of us will be using it as a tea, in other words, drinking Matcha.  There is a thin tea and a thick tea (about like the consistency of honey), mainly used in Japan in tea ceremonies.  Here is an every day recommendation, which you can adjust to your own personal taste.  Start with about one teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea powder and add about one-third cup of hot water (nearly boiling), and mix with a bamboo whisk.  
 
A bitter-sweet conclusion:

I have purposely not listed weight loss as one of the benefits of Matcha Green Tea...why?

Being high in fiber, increasing your metabolism, helping to detoxify your body with regular use, being sugar free, and containing caffeine, are benefits that might help you to lose weight, but this is not yet proven.

Matcha Green Tea does not seem to have any adverse effects other than the fact that it contains caffeine, which most people consider a benefit.  Although all teas come form the same genus (camellia sinensis), all teas are not the same, and Matcha Green Tea is definitely a unique, premium tea.  Matcha is certainly high in nutrients, and antioxidants.  Most studies indicate that Matcha Green Tea is beneficial to your health, BUT NONE OF THESE STUDIES ARE CONCLUSIVE.  
 
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I have not found any clinical or scientific proof that validates Matcha Green Tea as having any real weight loss benefits, however, in our opinion, Matcha Green Tea, is still, well worth adding to your diet!  

I give Matcha Green Tea a thumbs up as a healthy food, but NOT as a weight loss product. 

 
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