Let’s Talk About Matcha Tea – Matcha green tea has become exceptionally popular in the UK in recent years. People are recognising the many benefits associated with this traditional Japanese tea.
Matcha green tea has become exceptionally popular in the UK in recent years. People are recognising the many benefits associated with this traditional Japanese tea. So, I thought it would be good to explore the benefits a bit further. In today’s blog post, I’ll take a look at how Matcha is prepared in the traditional way, as well as taking a further look at the health benefits of Matcha from a weight loss perspective.
How Matcha Is Traditionally Prepared
Green tea Matcha has a long history. It was founded in the Tang Dynasty in China, is a staple of the Japanese tea ceremony, and is enjoyed all over the world. In this post, I’m going to share how Matcha is prepared in its traditional form.
To prepare Matcha green tea authentic style, you will need some traditional utensils. This includes a Chasen, Chashaku, and Chawan. A chasen is known as a tea whisk. It is one of a kind and comprises approximately 120 pliable bamboo tines. A Chashaku is a bamboo scoop. It is ideal for scooping Matcha powder because it has a curved end. Chawan is a tea bowl; basically, it is a medium size bowl that can come in many shapes and sizes, but generally the walls are rounded. You will also need a container so you can get rid of waste water as well as some paper towels.
Now you are ready to prepare the Matcha. You will need to preheat your Teaware. Begin by taking your chawan and pouring hot water inside, after which use the chasen to whisk the water. This makes the tines more flexible. After this, get rid of the water by pouring it into the container. Grab a paper towel and dry the bowl.
The next step is to brew the Matcha. You should use the chashaku to get two scoops of Matcha green tea powder and place it in the bowl. After this, pour 70ml of hot water into the bowl. You should then use the chasen to whisk the Matcha. Use your left hand to steady the bowl while you whisk with your right hand. Use a linear, back-and-forth motion. Once you notice the Matcha foaming, you should then switch to a ‘M’ pattern. And, there you go, traditional green tea Matcha.
Does Matcha Really Help People Lose Weight?
Matcha can help people to lose weight, but it won’t do everything on its own. If you don’t exercise and you eat unhealthy or fast food every day, you probably won’t notice a shift on the scales. However, like a vegan energy bar, it can offer lots of nutritional value and give you a boost to get through the day, so snacks like this are definitely recommended.
The main reason why Matcha tea is good for weight loss is because it contains EGCG, which is a major antioxidant that has been linked to weight loss. EGCG is found in all types of green tea; however, there is a much higher quantity of it in Matcha, meaning the benefits are greater. One study indicated that Matcha could enhance weight loss during moderate-intensity exercise because it boosts the metabolism. Another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition monitored the weight loss of participants over a 12-week period, with those drinking catechin-rich green tea dropping almost twice as much weight as those that didn’t.
It is also wise to swap your daily cup of coffee for Matcha green tea, as coffee can cause weight gain because it reacts with blood sugar. You can also have a cup of Matcha in the afternoon to satisfy any sugar cravings you have, as Matcha is naturally sweet and will stop you from reaching for those calorie-filled snacks. You can use Matcha to create healthy recipes, but make sure they are actually healthy. Some recipes simply use Matcha for its sweet flavour and bright green colour, so you do need to choose wisely.
All in all, the reports regarding the benefits of Matcha green tea for weight loss are certainly true, but you can’t rely on it alone to lose weight. Team it with a healthy diet and regular exercise and you will see results.
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