Want to live to be 122? Try Matcha tea!
Haven’t you heard about matcha tea? This typical Japanese tea has crossed the frontier and is well on its way to becoming the most popular beverage in the world in 2016. Discover the properties of Matcha tea, the beverage that’s taking the world by storm.
Haven’t you heard about matcha tea? This typical Japanese tea has crossed the frontier and is well on its way to becoming the most popular beverage in the world in 2016. Not only is matcha an exquisite tea and an Instagram sensation, it also has many health benefits.
For centuries now Japan has been the birthplace of some of the best teas in the world. The most well-known Japanese teas include Bancha tea (common tea), Gyokuro, Genmaicha, Kabusecha, Hojicha, Kukicha and Tamaryokucha. But what does matcha tea have that the others don’t?
WHAT IS MATCHA TEA?
You’ve probably read or heard about matcha tea in recent months and you’re wondering what it’s all about (or maybe you’ve even tried it). Unlike other green teas, matcha is made from ground tea leaves and comes in powder form. The intense green of the powder is what makes it different from other teas and what causes the milk and water you mix it with to turn green.
It is precisely because of its intense color that, among other reasons, matcha tea is often used in Japanese recipes, particularly in pastries and desserts.
HOW IS MATCHA TEA MADE?
Unlike other Japanese teas, matcha tea is very sweet. The characteristic sweetness and color of the tea is achieved by covering the tea plants with canvas weeks before the plants are harvested, to avoid direct contact with the sun.
To enjoy the unique flavor of matcha tea, prepare it like you would any other tea: simply put the powder in a cup and add hot water.
Don’t feel like making it at home? This popular tea, which is on its way to becoming the “it” drink of the year, can now be found on the menus of many establishments such as the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MATCHA TEA?
Studies conducted by prestigious universities have shown that some of the major health benefits of matcha tea include:
It is rich in antioxidants: matcha tea is rich in flavonoids; this means that it is rich in antioxidants, due primarily to the presence of tea catechins.
It has a high tannin content, which aids digestion.
It reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels: because it is a beverage that is rich in anti-oxidants, it helps to reduce both blood sugar and fat levels.It’s full of goodness - the health drink of the year. We like it so matcha!