Matcha Tea | A complete guide for adding it in your daily routine

Stone-ground Matcha tea powder
Stone-ground Matcha tea powder

It is the finely ground powder of green tea leaves. For Matcha, plants are shade-grown for three to four weeks and then harvested. Due to shade-growth, these plants produce more caffeine and theanine that’s why it is quite stronger than regular green tea.

Intake recommendations

It is good to have one to two servings a day of Matcha green tea (1gram or 1/2 teaspoon of tea powder per serving).

Best time to drink Matcha Green Tea

It can be taken at any time of the day but due to the caffeine content, the suitable time for consuming Matcha is morning and early afternoon.

Is Matcha high in caffeine content?

1gram of matcha contains 32mg of caffeine, that’s why one to two servings are recommended.

Grades

There are 3 available grades of Matcha tea.

Ceremonial grade:

  • The highest quality, and expensive stone-ground tea powder
  • It has a pure, earthy taste
  • It is stronger than the other two grades of the tea
  • Not suitable for cooking or baking use

Premium grade:

  • Best for daily intake
  • Less expensive than the ceremonial grade
  • Contain many nutritional contents
  • Has a slightly bitter taste

Culinary/cooking grade:

  • Mostly used in cooking and baking
  • Cheapest among the other two grades
  • More bitter in taste than the other two grades

Health benefits

  • Helps in burning calories
  • It boosts metabolism
  • Detoxifies the body naturally
  • Aids concentration and improve mood.
  • Make your body and mind feel relaxed
  • Contain selenium, chromium, magnesium, vitamin C, and zinc.
  • helps in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol
  • It is packed with many antioxidants including EGCg
  • It has cancer-fighting elements
  • The tea is rich in vitamins, fiber, and chlorophyll.

Side effects

Consuming an appropriate amount of Matcha green tea does not have any side effect. But when taking in an excess amount, it may lead:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Irritability
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