16 Surprising Healthy Facts About Matcha Green Tea

16 Surprising Healthy Facts About Matcha Green Tea

November 07, 2018

16-suprising-matcha-green-tea-benefits-vEveryone rants and raves about how great regular Green Tea is for you, but have you ever stopped and looked at how much better Matcha Tea is compared to regular Green Tea?

You’d be surprised, check out the facts below that we rounded up for you. It’s definitely surprised us!

 

1. One Cup of Matcha Green Tea = 10 Cups of Green Tea

Wait, really? So I’ve been wasting my money on regular green tea this whole time? I can just hear the sound of money returning to my wallet now!

2. One Gram of Matcha = 1,384 ORAC units. Acai berries only have 55, just think of all of the antioxidants you’re missing.

This is awesome, everyone talks about ORAC units (which if you don’t already know stands for oxygen radical absorption capacity) which assess the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. The higher to the ORAC unit, the more the antioxidant affects our body. Acai berries only have 55 ORAC units, while pomegranates only have 105 ORAC units. Who knew?

What is matcha Tea's ORAC Units?

3. Burn up to 25% more calories from EGCGs in Matcha Tea than regular green tea.

That’s awesome. EGCGs are scientifically known to boost fat metabolisms and thermogenesis. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that matcha green tea produces an increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism), combined with a significant effect on fat oxidation.


Matcha Benefits: Burns More EGCGs

4. Matcha powder (70mg) has less caffeine than coffee (163mg) but provides sustained energy for 4-6 hours vs. a few hours with coffee.

This is why I’m always getting another cup of coffee only an hour after the first!

How Long does Matcha Tea Energy last

5. Did you know acceptable levels of caffeine intake for a day is between 200-300mg of caffeine.

Wow. Just think, if you have one or two cups of coffee you’ve basically maxed out for the day. How many refills of coffee do you get?

What is matcha tea caffeine content

6. The type of caffeine in matcha powder is better than coffee, called theophylline, which gives you a more sustainable release of energy throughout your day.

Talk about doing more with less. I’ve always thought that I consumed too much caffeine, 70mg of caffeine puts me well below the acceptable maximum intake of caffeine.

Matcha Tea Sustained Energy

7. Matcha powder can increase thermogenesis (body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10%, to 35-34% of your daily energy expenditure. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

Coupled with my workouts, this is a great addition. I was starting to wonder what it was that gave me an edge during my workout then I discovered this fancy stat.

Matcha Tea Thermogenesis

8. Matcha puts you in a calm, alert, happy state-of-mind within 15-30 minutes thanks to the amino acid L-theanine.

L-Theanine has great effects on your body, reducing the effects of stress on your body which sharpens your memory, creativity and focus.

Matcha Tea Helps Relax

9. Only 100g of Matcha provides 2.41mg of L-theanine, which is 5 times more than common black or green teas.

This makes using matcha a no-brainer for me. L-theanine improves your memory while not causing the same crashing effect that caffeine has on the body.

Matcha Tea Creativity L-Theanine

10. L-Theanine in Matcha powder may help memory and learning abilities without the negative side-effects from caffeine.

Finally, something that keeps me from crashing!

Matcha Tea Brain Power

11. L-Theanine in Matcha powder helps stimulate production of alpha brain waves, which is considered to be a sign of mental relaxation.

Ever get jittery on caffeine? L-Theanine won’t leave you feeling that way, all the more reason to drink Matcha.

What is Matcha?  No Caffeine Jitters

12. There are only 2.76 calories in 1g of Matcha.

Worried about calorie content? There’s only 2.76 calories in 1g of Matcha Tea, compare that to your typical soft drink or energy drink, that’s quite a difference.

What is Matcha Tea? Low Calories

13. There are 314mg of fiber in Matcha vs. 10mg of fiber in regular Green Tea

We all know the benefits of a good amount of fiber in your body, Matcha Tea is another good source of fiber.

What is Matcha Tea Fiber Content

14. If you didn’t know, fiber can help you: control your weight, lower your cholesterol, keep you regular, reduce your risk for diabetes and diverticular disease.

I know weight loss is always on everyone’s mind, but don’t forget about your cholesterol! Your doctor will thank you in the long run, not to mention you’ll feel better overall.

What is Matcha Doctor Happy

15. Matcha can help you lose weight by: reducing your BMI, helping you burn fat and stop the formation of fat cells, reducing your waist and your blood cholesterol, improving your glucose and insulin levels.

What is this? Magic? No, it’s just science.

What is Matcha?  Helps with Weight Loss

16. There are 44.7mg of amino acids in Matcha Tea vs. 3mg in regular Green Tea.

Amino Acids are the building blocks our body needs…Matcha contains 10-15x more nutrients and amino acids than regular Green Tea.

What is Matcha Tea? Amino Acids


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