The Power Of Matcha: Burn 40% More Calories

by TaylorR

Matcha Benefits

Apparently Dr. Oz talked about Matcha not too long ago but since I don’t watch tv I was behind on this.

I was reading a magazine a few weeks ago that announced that 1 teaspoon of powdered green tea is equal to drinking 10 cups of normal green tea. At first I was skeptical so I let my science brain take over and started in on the research.

This so-called “powdered green tea” has a real name… Matcha. The Japanese have been using it for centuries and the claim of the tsp to cup conversion appears to be spot on.

It gets even better though, the antioxidant in green tea is called EGCG and it’s linked to decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases. A study in 2006 showed that those that drank just one single cup of green tea a day decreased their risk of Alzheimer’s by 38%… those that had two per day decreased their risks by 54%… sign me up!

And it’s all thanks to the EGCG… well that’s all great but Matcha is the superstar of this antioxidant. And just a single serving has 137 times the amount of normal green tea!

Holy Crap!

What about Matcha and Weight Loss?

Might try this little number tomorrow!

You’ve hear that green tea can help boost your metabolism. And it does, just not very much… you have to drink a heck of a lot of it to see any real results. The benefits come from once again the EGCGs which belong to a group of antioxidants called catechins… also called FAT BURNERS… that are found in tea.

Well, since Matcha is so concentrated it’s possible for it to boost your metabolism by as much as 40%… pretty amazing! A regularly cup of seeped tea may boost you 8% which doesn’t do much but 40% can be huge.

Just remember, this is not a fat burning cure and it’s important to maintain a workout program and healthy diet still!

Other Benefits

  • Studies show that it might help fight off and decrease cancers (here)
  • Help promote good digestion as a probiotic
  • Improved skin and hair
  • Improved immune system
  • Increased energy (caffeine)
  • Decrease Stress

Monks have used Matcha for centuries during meditations to help relax and get to their peaceful places!

What To Do With It?

I have some and at first was a bit skeptical… I wasn’t so sure about turning my food strange tinges of green. But I tossed a teaspoon in my shake and was pleasantly surprised, it was fresh tasting and didn’t over power the overall protein shake.

You can also mix it into rice, ice cream, oatmeal, I even found a recipe for matcha cupcakes!

It can be a bit expensive, I had some green tea that a friend had gotten for us from China so I took out my magic bullet and powdered it up myself… saving A LOT of money and still getting a great quality green tea.

 

 

 

 

 

  • http://breakawaymatcha.com Eric Gower

    Nice article Taylor. The only thing you missed was a discussion of the differences between straight-up drinking matcha, which should never get fat or sugar, and “culinary” matcha, which always should. Lots more on these differences at http://breakawaymatcha.com. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.matchafactory.com Matcha

    Great article. An interesting point to mention is that consuming matcha with citric acid (typically found in orange juice), helps your gut break down and absorb 5x the antioxidants it otherwise would. Also consuming matcha with milk will negate many of the positive benefits as the catechins will bond with the milk and your gut won’t break them down.Matcha Factory have a great range of matcha for anyone keen to try it.

  • Lynn Donath

    Can i drink this during pregnancy?

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Great question, it does have caffeine, about the standard amount as in one cup of coffee. I would run it by your doctor first.

  • sarah windemuller

    where do you buy this? I’m interested…
    thanks,
    Sarah

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      You can find it at most health food stores, I know whole foods has it. It was actually a gift to me from a friend in China, but when it’s gone I’ll be heading to whole foods!

  • Bettina

    I just started following the liftingrevolution.com site and I am very impressed! This is a great article and I can’t wait to try the matcha tea.

  • Erika

    I buy mine from Teavana. It’s about $20 and lasts a little over a month.

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      We used to have a Teavana, but don’t any more. I miss that place!

  • Rawan Ghazouli

    If I put milk in the matcha tea it won’t be Calorie Burner ?

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      From what I understand the two combine cause a reaction that can affect that benefit.

      • Rawan Ghazouli

        Thanx

  • Doopdodoop

    I just wanted to comment on how you powdered your own matcha in a blender – from what I’ve read, they grind the tea leaves slowly (at a rate of only 30g/hour!). Any faster and it produces too much heat, destroying a lot of the beneficial things in the leaves. I also don’t know if grinding regular green tea leaves gives you the same benefit – matcha is specific plant grown in a special way (grown out of the sunlight, harvested early, and steamed to preserve color/freshness), so grinding regular green tea might not give you the same benefits.

    I think your idea was really creative, though! I wish matcha wasn’t so expensive.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yes, I learned it as well. It was a one time try, but you’re right not the same. There are some pretty affordable options available though. I wish it were as easy as powdering up green tea!

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