Matcha vs. Green Tea
In recent years, green tea is everywhere and green tea beverages have been a popular choice in cafes. People from around the world drink green tea and it is considered the king among all the teas. There are even skin care products infused with green tea!
Matcha, on the other hand, is a growing trend. There matcha recipes all over the internet, but it seems that matcha is not well understood by most people. The truth is that all matcha products are derived from green tea leaves. It is not totally different from green tea. In fact, matcha is an expensive subtype of green tea. Both are from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. In terms of taste, green tea and matcha have a grassy flavor.
In terms of nutrition, a cup of powdered matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea. Matcha tea powder contains 137 times more antioxidants compared to green tea leaves. 50g of matcha tea has more L-theanine than the same amount of green tea, which means increased focus and better immunity.
What are the health benefits of green tea?
- Green tea contains 30% polyphenols and it helps in reducing inflammation. Green tea also has a catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help stop cell degradation.
- It improves brain function . Green tea does not only keep you awake because of the caffeine, it can also make you smarter.
- In human trials, green tea has shown promising results boosting metabolic rate and decreasing fat in the abdominal area. Thus, green can help you lose weight and lower your risk of obesity. If you need an all-natural fat burner, Revivify’s Weight Revive green tea extract as its main ingredient.
- Green tea have various protective effects on the neurons of your brain, helping you to avoid degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
What are the differences between green tea and matcha?
- The first obvious difference is that green tea comes in a tea bag form, and matcha is in powder form. You discard the leaves after drinking green tea. While, with matcha, you are consuming the entire green tea leaf.
- Because matcha is turned into a fine powder, matcha is easier to use in baking, and making desserts. Not to mention that matcha it is a more concentrated version of green tea.
- Green tea goes through a longer production time because the leaves need to be left in the sun. Meanwhile, matcha bushes are kept in the dark and covered with tarpaulins to increase the levels of chlorophyll and amino acids. This process causes the matcha tea to have that vibrant green color.
- When preparing a green tea, all you need is to boil the water and leave it until the temperature reaches 70 to 80°C. Wait for about 3 minutes and remove a tea bag. On the other hand, matcha is prepared differently. It is recommended to prepare matcha tea in a matcha cup with a bamboo whisk. Boil the water to at 60 degrees and pour the hot water a tablespoon of matcha powder. Take the bamboo whisk and mix it immediately.
The difference between matcha and green tea may be noticeable, but both contain caffeine, polyphenols, and antioxidants, including EGCG, and L-Theanine. Whichever you decide to drink, green tea and matcha are both a great choice especially if you are trying to lose weight. Revivify’s Weight Revive is clinically proven supplement that contains natural ingredients like green tea extract and green coffee beans. Weight Revive is now available on Amazon and Amazon Prime.
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