The Health Benefits of Matcha and How to Incorporate Them into Your Diet

The Health Benefits of Matcha and How to Incorporate Them into Your Diet

Liz Strauss

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If you weren’t already aware, matcha tea is booming and has been for a few years now. The beverage is not only rich in its earthy flavor but also in its nutrients and major health benefits. Not a fan of the bitter matcha tea, but want to hop on the bandwagon? There are still several ways you can incorporate the ingredient into your diet even if you aren’t a fan of the famous matcha latte. With that, we’ve gathered all you need to know on matcha: its health benefits, how to make the generic matcha latte, and a variety of other ways to involve matcha powder in your daily routine.

Health Benefits

According to Rachael Link, MS, RD from Healthline, matcha is high in catechins, which perform as natural antioxidants to “…help stabilize harmful free radicals…”  These can ultimately cause chronic diseases and cure cell damage. Additionally, because it has 137 times greater the number of catechins than other green teas, incorporating the powder into your diet every so often could go a long way.

Matcha powder also contains cancer fighting properties, says Link when reviewing certain animal and test tube studies. She stresses that matcha is high in epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a catechin that has been proven to kill off cancer cells.

Finally, matcha has been found to decrease several factors that might lead to heart disease.


Make a Matcha Latte at Home

Making a matcha latte is an excellent way to make sure you’re getting a rich dose of these health benefits. To make it easy for you, we found this recipe posted by Matcha Source on how to make your own matcha latte.

Necessities:

  • 1 tsp matcha

  • Milk (cow, almond, soy, or rice)

  • Frother

Step 1: Sift the teaspoon of matcha into a cup

Step 2: Add 2 oz of hot water to matcha and stir until matcha turns into a smooth paste

Step 3: Pour tea into cup

Step 4: Pour milk into matcha

Step 5: Scoop foamy milk on top of matcha

For Those Who Don’t Like Matcha Lattes

Not a big fan of matcha lattes? Lucky for you there are plenty of ways to still gain the abundance of health benefits that matcha provides, without having to actually drink a matcha latte! Here are five quick recipes with less of its bitter flavor.

Matcha Granola with Blueberries

Source:  40 Aprons

Source: 40 Aprons

Source:  Blue Apron

Source: Blue Apron

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What’s your favorite way to incorporate matcha into your diet?

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