Are you a coffee drinker? If you're one of many, you enjoy this popular beverage daily. However, several studies suggest drinking too much coffee may be causing common health problems.
While it’s generally safe to drink one or two cups a day, even just one cup of coffee can cause a spike in cortisol and increased blood pressure, and heightens your risk of digestive issues such as heartburn and reflux due to its high acidity. Coffee—while great for a quick energy boost—may not be the best for your health.
If you’re looking for an alternative for your caffeine fix, we highly recommend trying matcha. Matcha is a form of green tea, made by grinding young green tea leaves into a fine powder. This powder form of green tea means more antioxidants and nutrients are ingested per serving—as you’re consuming the whole leaf—compared to steeped green tea. It also contains more caffeine than a regular cup of green tea. This alone makes matcha one of the healthiest sources of caffeine. But it's not the only reason why matcha can easily replace your cup of coffee.
Here are the top reasons why matcha is becoming one of the most popular coffee alternatives in the world.
1. It's high in catechins and antioxidants
Unlike most commercially sold coffee, the finest organic matcha from Japan is free from chemical processing, which means all the goodness from green tea like polyphenols and catechins go straight to your cup. Green tea contains a high amount of catechins, a type of polyphenol packed full of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and promote healthy cell renewal for anti-aging and glowing hair, skin and nails. Catechins and antioxidants are also known for their ability to prevent cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
2. It tastes better than coffee
Ceremonial grade matcha from Japan naturally boasts a pleasant, umami-sweet flavour, free from bitterness. Its fresh, earthy flavour is often enjoyed on its own as a tea, without any sweetener. The froth created when whisked using the traditional bamboo whisk creates a creamy, silky smooth texture that enhances matcha’s complex notes. Many people also enjoy matcha with a bit of sweetener and/or milk. It is now common to find matcha lattes in cafes all around the world.
3. It'll help you burn fat
Want a bit of a kick for your weight loss goals? Matcha has an abundance of antioxidants, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which helps boost metabolism and can help you lose weight. Several studies have found that EGCG can reduce fat accumulation by promoting fat oxidation.
4. It gives you a different kind of caffeine high
The finest drinking matcha, made with pure stoneground green tea, provides you with more caffeine than your regular cup of green tea but slightly less than a cup of coffee.
What’s more, matcha has a balance of caffeine and L-theanine, which together work to slowly release caffeine into the body for up to 4-6 hours, providing a steady boost of energy and focus without the unpleasant jitters or eventual coffee crash.
5. It'll help relieve stress and anxiety
L-theanine, an amino acid found in green and black tea, has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and lower heart rate, helping to relax your mind, body and spirit while also increasing alertness and mental clarity. L-theanine works by influencing the natural chemicals in your brain, including serotonin and dopamine, which can assist in regulating your mood, emotions, sleep, and hormones including your body’s response to stress, all of which are often negatively affected by your daily cup/s of coffee.