Matcha green tea seems to be all the rage these days! If you don’t believe me just check out David’s Tea extensive selection the next time you’re near by (they had pumpkin pie spice matcha available during the fall for crying out loud…and we all know anything pumpkin spice is worth talking about)!
Just like many of my friends, I love drinking a cup of matcha green tea after an early morning spin class, or after a long day at the office! There is just something so comforting about this beverage that makes matcha green tea a joy to drink. If you’re wondering, yes I had the kettle boiling and my favourite mug ready to go filled with yummy tea as I wrote this piece!
I must admit that all of the media buzz surround matcha green tea in past months has made me very curious about its health benefits! So being the research loving RD that I am, I have compiled a list of some evidence based health benefits it may provide to its drinkers! Check it out!
Fun Facts about MATCHA Green Tea
- It has been considered a healthful beverage since ancient times
- It a contains beneficial compounds called antioxidants (including polyphenols e.g.catechins) that can help protect your cells from damage and can be protective from disease
- It contains caffeine, however less caffeine than coffee (this means you can get your caffeine kick from tea too!)
- It contains L-theanine (an amino acid found in green tea leaves) which is a substance that produces relaxation and anti-stress effects in the body (believe me, if your life is anything as busy as mine, a cup of green tea will do you good when you need to relax a little!)
Proposed Health Benefits of Drinking Matcha Green Tea
Reduction of Total and LDL Cholesterol
Decreased Risk of Stroke or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Several studies (including these found here, here and here) found significantly decreased risk of stroke and coronary artery disease (CAD) with increased (versus lower or no) consumption of green tea.
Improved Cognitive Function
Decreased Risk of Certain Types of Cancers
Studies looking at whether or not drinking green tea decreased cancer risk yielded conflicting results as to whether higher levels of green tea intakes were associated with decreased risk of cancers (such as prostate cancer, breast cancer and stomach cancer). A few studies (including these found here and here) showed some signs that green tea consumption lead to reduced cancer risk. At this point, the research looking at the relationship between cancer risk and green tea consumption is lacking and currently insufficient to provide recommendations.
Overall, the evidence-based research in support of the proposed health benefits of matcha green tea (or any green tea that is) is minimal. However the research that we do have seems to show some significant benefits of consuming the yummy green stuff! And since it makes a great no-cal alternative to other drinks like juice, pop, or energy drinks, I say go ahead and enjoy a cup (or two) a day!
My favourite matcha green tea to drink right now is hands down the Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha by The 1 Ingredient! Their matcha green tea is 100% organic, made from hand picked tea leaves, and comes all the way from Uji, Japan (isn’t this where all tea masters live)?!
Want to try The 1 Ingredient’s premium Matcha Green Tea? It is your lucky day! The 1 Ingredient is giving Abbey’s Kitchen readers the chance to win 1 of 5 tins!
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Contribution by Christina Bieniek, Registered Dietitian
Disclaimer: Matcha green tea prizes were provided complimentary to AK to contest, however, as always, all opinions are genuine.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.