We wrote about the surprising benefits of green tea before. But since not all green tea is the same, we feel we need to talk about matcha. Matcha as a weight loss aid to be precise. So let’s go!
Tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world and with good reason. Green tea can improve our brain function, it strengthens our immune system, helps us stay in shape and helps us stay young. And if that’s not enough, it’s also simply a nice and comforting beverage. And then there is matcha. Matcha is the bigger and stronger brother of green tea. Well actually, it’s still green tea but with a different cultivation and production process. An 800-year-old process that is still followed today by authentic producers in Japan.
Matcha versus green tea
Just like all tea, matcha comes from the camellia sinensis plant, and it contains both water- and fat-soluble nutrients. Where you normally drink green tea by infusing the tea leaves in water and removing them after a few minutes, the tea leaves for matcha are ground into a bright green powder. You put the powder into hot water, whisk it and it’s ready to drink. You’re basically drinking the entire leaf in powder form. So, you can say that when you drink a normal green tea infusion your body only gets to absorb the water-soluble nutrients. But when you drink matcha, your body gets to absorb all the nutrients.
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is an important ingredient of green tea. It is a type of compound called catechin. Drinking matcha gives you more EGCG then by drinking ordinary green tea. EGCG is also a strong antioxidant to which several health-promoting properties are attributed. Important ones even. It may help in preventing chronic conditions like diabetes, or heart disease, or even some cancers.
Possible aid in weight loss
But catechins may also do something else.
Catechins seem to help in preventing the development of new fat cells. Not only that, but researchers also believe they help reduce fat absorption. The enzyme lipase, which is responsible for fat absorption, may be inhibited by catechins. Taking in account that matcha also may help to increase our metabolism, it really seems to be the ultimate aid in weight loss.
Of course, there’s not yet enough scientific research done to actually make any statements. And matcha definitely can not replace the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise. But with all the positive benefits that matcha appears to have, we say, why not try adding it to your lifestyle!
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