Firstly, to be clear - Matcha is a *type* of green tea - both come from the Camellia Sinensis leaf. However, that's pretty much where the similarities end. If you want a 2-min lowdown on what Matcha is head here.
We all know Matcha is mother natures energy drink - full of natural caffeine and L-theanine for a long-lasting energy boost (Catch this blog for why you need to drink it), but does green tea come close? In each 8 ounce cup of green tea you’re looking at about 25 mg of caffeine, compared to that of almost 60mg with Matcha. Additionally, green tea has almost no L’theanine at all - meaning the focused energy boost you’ll enjoy with Matcha isn’t the same with regular green tea.
Antioxidants and catechins:
Matcha and green tea are both full of polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory effects and help protect the body against a whole host of health issues like blood pressure and heart disease. The real MVP polyphenol found in both is called EGCG (Also known as Catechin), which is linked to boosting your metabolism and fighting free radicals in the blood. The key difference here is that based on a study by the Journal of Chromatography, Matcha contains up to 137 times the amount of EGCG found in traditional green tea. 137 times - for real.
Because Matcha is technically the same leaf as regular green tea, the real difference is the harvest and preparation of the leaf to give it such a different nutritional profile. Matcha leaves are shaded from the sun for 3 weeks prior to harvest, which causes the levels of antioxidants and chlorophyll (as the leaves search for the sun) to skyrocket. Once the leaves are picked and dried, they are ground into the smooth, velvety powder we all know as Matcha. Regular green tea skips the pretty much all of that preparation and increase in antioxidants to become dried leaves in a teabag - dull huh.
Alongside the harvest, the preparation of Matcha vs green tea to drink is super different too. Matcha is made into a smooth paste with a Bamboo Chasen, and then mixed with either hot water or Milk (Oat M*lk is the best), or over ice in the summer. Green tea is prepared…you already know how.
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