Matcha

Matcha is a Japanese finely ground powder from specially grown and processed green tea. The tea is grown in the shade for three weeks before it is harvested, and the veins and stems are removed before processing. Matcha is rich in polyphenols which have high antioxidant properties, and contains L-Theanine, an amino acid, and caffeine, both of which are stimulants.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Polyphenols
  • Type of flavonoid
  • High antioxidant properties
  • Prevent oxidative stress and damage of cells

 L-Theanine and Caffeine

  • Act as stimulants on the Central Nervous System

 

Risks and Side Effects

Caffeine which is present in matcha may cause slight side effects if consumed in excessive amounts and can act as a diuretic.

     

    Uses

    Matcha should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
    Matcha can be added to drinks and smoothies, and can be used as a food colouring.

       

      Matcha products we have available can be found here.

      Recipes using matcha can be found here.

       

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