Jun 15, 2020
Jun 15, 2020
The growing popularity of matcha powdered green tea and green tea in the modern era during the course of globalisation has mysteriously clouded the internet and this held us, the millennials to take a sneak peek at the nutritional mascot. Perhaps, from virtually hovering over the social media to flamboyantly taking their position at the shelves of the gourmet stores to inevitably accommodating in every man’s day to day life, these; (green tea and matcha) nutritional talisman has been entitled as a superfood.
Sharing a common genealogy, no wonder both the matcha and the green tea, certainly enthral mankind with their unquestionable nutritional values thereby burgeoning as a miracle decoction for all. Green tea and Matcha trace their origin from Camellia sinensis that dates back to ancient China only when discovered by Emperor Shen Nung. Thereafter, for the coming years, green tea was considered as a precious medicine that was only available to royal ones and this old trodden notion still holds affirmation.
Nevertheless, it is been said that drinking ten cups of green tea is equivalent to drinking one cup of Matcha.
Seems weirdly interesting!
So let us dig into the reason what makes matcha a better off.
The answer is hidden in the production process. Green tea is usually extracted anywhere from the bush and is let to sunbath for a longer span of hours. While the matcha is cultivated under delicate supervision at a place shielded from the intrusion of sunlight and is exposed in a systematic manner, and is majorly cultivated in Japan. This very process increases the chlorophyll and amino acid in the leaves, thereby, multiplying health benefits in compounding interest.
The aqueous extract of both matcha and green tea polyphenols are induced with anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, and hypercholesterolemic properties. Not only this, but green tea also helps in dealing with body aches and pains, detoxifies the body, and also accelerates the digestive mechanism, and helps in losing weight, thereby, being called as ‘Green tea weight loss’. It also acts as a brain stimulator because the combination of caffeine and L – theanine present in green tea improves the brain function. Likewise, caffeine also increases the metabolic activity that helps in burning fat. It also prevents cardiovascular diseases and reduces bad cholesterol. Moreover, matcha is said to have three to ten times more antioxidants than green tea. It is loaded with catechin or EGCG that is considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants of all and the reason behind this happens to be shade driven cultivation.
Now after taking the account of the health benefits, let’s take a look at how green tea and matcha is prepared.
Matcha is prepared with sheer traditional elegance, it is mixed with hot water and is then given a stir with a bamboo whisk to eliminate any kind of clumps. Nowadays matcha green tea latte is said to be the latest fad. Matcha is also used to flavour and dye foods like Mochi and Soba noodles.
Similarly, the usual green tea is prepared by simply making the water hot and then pouring the hot water over a bag of green tea or just the leaves.
Henceforth, this seems quite obvious that its preparation needs no special culinary skills, in fact, a person with basic cooking etiquettes or even if one does not have may certainly take the delight of preparing a cup of matcha or green tea and infusing oneself with the healing properties that come on par with this herbal decoction.