I love matcha tea because it has transformed my life and allowed me to improve my overall physical and mental health. Matcha powder is Japanese green tea made from dried tea leaves. It has a vibrant tea color due to high chlorophyll levels and tastes slightly more vegetal and bitter than regular green tea.
Depending on the type of matcha powder quality, it has creamier and sweeter than other types of Japanese teas. I drink matcha every day to stay active and feel refreshed. The matcha powder I use to make the tea has a grassy smell and taste. I drink matcha tea because it is a rich source of catechins and antioxidants.
The purpose is to boost my brain function, streamline metabolic and homeostatic mechanisms, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, liver disorders, insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety. Another thing I love about Japanese matcha powder is that it helps people lose weight and promote heart health.
However, many of my friends and relatives have asked me: can matcha make you feel sick or nauseous? Well, I haven’t experienced these issues because I follow the correct dose and drink the tea at the right time.
Matcha powder contains tannins that improve overall health. However, it can elevate stomach acidity, giving you nausea-like feelings. The primary reason is that tannins interact with the stomach lining and negatively affect its structural and functional aspects, causing nausea and acidity.
So, how do you avoid side effects and make the most of matcha powder? I will address this question in today’s post by giving you a few practical tips and tricks. So, without further ado, let me get straight to the point!
How to Avoid Side Effects of Matcha Powder?
I encourage family and friends to drink between 1-3 cups of matcha green tea per day. Those who drink coffee I suggest they replace a coffee with a matcha green tea instead because otherwise, they may find they are consuming too much caffeine. GOvernment guidelines on this matter suggest 200mg of caffeine per day. To put that in perspective matcha contains half the caffeine as coffee at just under 40mg.
Research shows that too much caffeine can cause diarrhea, irritability, and disrupted melatonin production, preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. I recommend following the tips and tricks to make the most of matcha powder and avoid complications.
Don’t Drink Matcha Powder Tea on an Empty Stomach
This is our number 1 top tip to those few people who do suffer with nausea when drinking matcha tea. Drinking matcha powder tea on an empty stomach can cause an elevation in stomach acid and a feeling a nausea. This is all normal but avoidable and unpleasant.
Even if you want to drink matcha tea and you aren’t hungry try our killer matcha latte recipes. The milk and nut milks in our latte recipe will prevent the matcha sick vibe with a tasty and easy to create alternative.
Otherwise, I recommend drinking matcha green tea after meals to achieve full benefits.
Buy 100% Original/Authentic Matcha Powder
You can find many online shops and sites that claim to sell 100% authentic Japanese matcha powdered tea.
Therefore, I recommend checking the origin of matcha before buying the product. 100% authentic and quality matcha powder or green tea comes from Kyoto and Nishio regions in Japan.
Likewise, the Uji region of Kyoto produces the highest quality matcha powder. That’s why KINETA sources matcha from Uji, Japan. We always recommend the following factors when determining whether matcha is 100% authentic:
Colour: I recommend looking for a matcha with deep and rich green color. Matcha powder with a deep green shade indicates the highest quality of shade grown tea. Always buy matcha from a reputable vendor or online retailer.
Smell: Test the purchased matcha powder by adding it to the water. Does it smell fresh, dry, or stale? The highest quality matcha powder has a pleasant, buttery, and vegetal smell.
Taste: It is another factor I consider when buying matcha powder. Unlike culinary matcha powder used for cooking or baking purposes with a bitter and musky taste, matcha green tea has a buttery, umami, and vegetal flavours.
Focus on the Correct Dosage
Even if you have purchased high-quality matcha powder, not focusing on the correct dosage can lead to side effects and health complications. According to Mayo Clinic, an eight-ounce cup of regular green tea has 28mg of caffeine. On the other hand, the same quantity of matcha powder contains 40mg of caffeine.
So, use the correct dosage when preparing matcha tea. I suggest no more than two or three servings of matcha daily.
Matcha powder and green tea have recently gained popularity in the western world because a growing body of research evidence supports its health benefits, including weight loss, improved metabolism, healthy heart rates, optimal blood pressure levels, and boosted energy levels.
However, to prevent any nausea-inducing effects just ensure you drink matcha tea after food rather than on an empty stomach. Contact us for more information or check the highest quality matcha tea products.