Jan 1, 2013

3 Healthy Benefits of a Matcha Powder Latte

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By now, most people have heard of the health benefits that green tea provides. If you have been missing the benefits because you don’t take time to brew tea, a green tea matcha latte might be the answer. Matcha is created by covering the green tea leaves with shade cloths before harvesting. Once they are harvested, the leaves are steamed in order to stop the fermentation process, aged in cold storage, and then ground into a fine powder. Matcha offers several benefits.

It Makes You Healthier

Matcha powder contains polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that has been found to offer several health benefits for some people. For some drinkers, matcha regulates blood sugar, protects against heart disease and reduces blood pressure. The caffeine content helps to improve focus, but since it is not as potent as coffee, it usually doesn’t cause anxiety or sleep issues.

You Get More Nutrients

Matcha powder allows you to reap more of the benefits from green tea. When you drink traditional green tea, you’re just sipping water that the leaves has been soaked in. When you throw the leaves away, you also throw away many of the vitamins and minerals. Since matcha powder is the entire leaf, you won’t be throwing out any of the nutrients when you drink a green tea matcha latte.

It Tastes Great

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of a matcha latte is the taste and consistency. When mixed with your choice of milk or other ingredients, the powder creates a creamy texture. Add a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon or other flavoring and you probably won’t even remember you’re drinking something that’s healthy for you.

Research has shown the benefits of a matcha latte are different for everyone. Still, even if you don’t end up with a better metabolism, there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy a creamy, frothy green tea matcha latte. Cathy Plotnick, The ParTea Lady, is an independent consultant for Steeped Tea, and can help you get started with high quality matcha. Contact her today!

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