The Green Gold: Matcha
Matcha powder is packed with nutrients that will make your body very happy. What they are and where matcha actually comes from, I tell you below. Including a delicious recipe for a matcha latte.
Matcha: why this powerful powder is so beneficial
Matcha is powdered green tea from Japan. Yet it is a very different product from “regular” green tea. You do not steep tea leaves, but dissolve the fine powder in hot water. This way you get all the healthy substances of the tea leaves, up to fifteen times more than with a cup of drawn green tea.
The leaves of the tea plant from which matcha is made are handled very carefully. A month before picking, the plants are covered with cloth. Keeping the plant shaded creates more chlorophyll. This substance helps strengthen your immune system, detoxifies your body and allows your blood to akalize and absorb more oxygen. Furthermore, this green wonder powder contains a lot of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E. Other superfoods that contain cholorphyll are spirulina, chlorella and as winner wheatgrass that contains the highest concentration.
Free radicals and Energy
There are also many antioxidants in the green powder. And these have only one mission: to keep the number of free radicals in your body under control. Free radicals are so-called “byproducts” of your metabolism. They cause damage to your cells and tissue. This is called oxidative stress, which is not exactly something to look forward to. Because if anything gives the aging process a big push in the wrong direction, it’s oxidative stress. Matcha is also a perfect alternative to coffee; it makes you more alert and energetic without the rush feeling.
How to use it
Matcha powder has a wide range of uses. You can make tea with it, bake cakes with it and turn the powder into popular matcha latte. In Japan, matcha is primarily used for tea. Although many Japanese drink it simply as a daily cup of tea, sometimes an entire tea ceremony is built around it. Tea ceremonies have held an important place in Japanese culture for centuries. They are not so much about the tea as they are about the ritual as a whole. The tea is prepared, often by a special host or hostess, as carefully as possible.
This article was partially translated from Holistik.