It's great for weight management
Hang on, hang on, there's no sales pitch for "Miracle Matcha Diet Pills" here. The good: drinking hot green tea is inversely related to obesity. The bad: adding matcha powder to desserts and cocktails does not cancel out the sugar or booze you're consuming.
Not all matcha powders are equal
The highest-quality matcha usually comes from Japan, which is why Japanese matcha is so pricey. Other countries, like China, are getting in on matcha production, and the results are sometimes less than desirable -- Chinese producers may not shade-grow the tea, and they've been known to use banned pesticides, which probably negates a lot of matcha's health benefits.
Generally, the greener the matcha, the truer the product. Be sure to check the ingredient label to make sure you're getting true tea -- some pre-made drinks have so many added sugars and preservatives that they barely qualify as matcha.
Beyond the pesticides, tea leaves grown in China may have high levels of lead, and Americans are becoming pretty familiar with the problems lead poses when people drink it. Consume too much, and you could end up with liver damage way worse than anything you've experienced after a boozy brunch. It's yet another reason to spend more for higher-quality matcha.
Does it live up to the hype?
If you're willing to drop a significant amount of money on your tea habit, yes! A 0.7oz can of organic Japanese matcha, for example, could cost you $12 before tax and shipping, and depending on how much you drink, that could add up quickly. But the benefits are objectively positive.
If you're willing to take the plunge, there are infinite possibilities for adding it to your routine. You could surely drink matcha the traditional way, frothy and hot, or add it to a milk of your choice for a tasty latte. But since matcha is a powder, it's easy to add to any recipe, from muffins to puddings to granola -- the list goes on.
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