Nowadays the internet has been loaded with articles of using green tea for fat loss or eating Matcha powder for its benefits. But the question is, how much of these information is actually true?
Can we really rely on a bunch of advertisement or blog posts to gain information for our health? I am Sadaf, a researcher who loves to dig the science for almost everything! So here, I will show you the real truth behind using green tea or Matcha, and comparing these two to see which one is actually better
I looove to drink tea. Actually, I’ve been drinking tea since I can remember, even when I was just 4 years old! So enjoying my hot evening beverage while consuming its health benefits its very crucial for me. I start my day with black tea, on the middle of the noon I drink my Matcha and just before the bed time ( I know it might be a little bad but I am used to it) I drink my delightful green tea with lemon or ginger.
Have I seen any difference while I drink Matcha or green tea versus not drinking it? Personally, yes. When I drink it, I feel lighter, detoxed and even it seems like I am not gaining any weight or even losing some. But does it really affects us based on scientific reasons? Here we go:
In a simple word, Black tea, green tea and Matcha are basically the same leaf, from a plant called Camellia sinensis, but their processing method is very different. Therefore, as a result of various drying methods, different nutrition may appear. You can buy green tea in forms of loose leaf, bagged or powder from stores. While loose leaf or bagged tea is just the dried leaves of tea, matcha powder is produced from shade grown tea leaves that are briefly steamed after harvesting and then grinded in a stone mill. It is found to be effective in quenching reactive oxygen species, inhibition of blood glucose accumulation and stimulation of lipid metabolism.
The leaf itself, contains a very effective chemical group, called polyphenols, which are also a part of Catechins group. One of the highly distributed derivatives of catechin in green tea is called EGCG, which has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and antihypertensive properties. But how do we make sure that we are receiving all of the benefits?
New studies shows that the maximum amount of antioxidants in a cup of green tea, is tightly bonded with the temperature and time of steeping. So just adding hot boiling water to a sachet may sound fast and tasty, but it’s not healthy enough!
In the hand, while drinking the leaf form, you are just consuming the steeped extract of the leaf but in Matcha, the whole leaf is powdered and mixed into the tea, guarantying that no nutrition will be left on the tea leaf!
It was revealed that antioxidant capability of bagged and loose leaf of green tea was similar at 80 0C/5′17 but another study showed that maximum extraction efficiency for green tea bioactive compounds also depends on steeping time at constant temperature for different tea types i.e. 5′ (powder), 15′ (bagged) and 30′ (loose leaf) at 80 0C.18.
Powdered green tea or so called “Matcha “yet represents slightly different behavior. In experiments of comparing the same amount of loose leaf and powdered tea, the powder showed higher production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) compared to the leaf form.
Also, it has been proved that while consuming Matcha powder after your exercise or workout, it will raise the metabolism rate and keep it stable for a while, therefor you’ll be continuing to lose fat while your workout is finished, mainly focusing on belly fat. It’s revealed that the EGCGs on Matcha speed up the fat burning process from 10 to 40 percentages, and also stops the molecules of fat to produce. Another benefits of EGCGs are sending “full” signal to the brain from your stomach, meaning your appetite will be reduced.
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As you have already witnessed, Matcha has a saturated bright green due to its high chlorophyll content, while steeped green tea is more sheer gold or light green. The chlorophyll is an excellent detox for the body, which will help you to get rid of impurities.
On the brighter side, and the reason why I drink my Matcha in the afternoon rather than coffee, it’s the higher awakening effects of Matcha compared to coffee which I’ll be explain it in another post completely.
But at the end, it is you to decide whether you enjoy the mildly bitter, leafier taste of matcha or the earthy golden flavor of steeped tea? Would you rather take the benefits and add matcha to your daily drinks? Tell me what other questions you have about matcha and green tea!
Thank you so much for reading!