Is Matcha Good For You?
Matcha is the bright ingredient used in everything from tea to cakes, but are there any nutritional benefits from the stuff? Read on for your questions answered.
What is matcha?
Matcha is a powder made of finely ground tea leaves and is from China where the practice of using powdered tea has been around for thousands of years. During the process of drying and grinding it, the leaves produce more caffeine, which is partly why people drink it as it is an alternative to coffee. Known for its bright green colour, it is also used to dye foods as a natural colouring.
Are there nutritional benefits to drinking matcha?
Matcha has a number of health benefits, including:
- High levels of catechins, a type of antioxidant that has cancer-fighting properties
- Natural source of caffeine
- Can promote heart health by regulating cholesterol levels
Is matcha good for you?
Matcha can be good for you, as it is packed with antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging skin cells. However, as matcha is high in caffeine, intake should be managed as too much caffeine can cause headaches, dehydration, heart palpitations; however, in moderation, it can absolutely be good for you.
Try these vegan matcha cookies for a tasty and green bake next.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.