There are plenty of alternatives to coffee when you’re looking for that much-needed energy boost but few are as healthy as Matcha Green Tea. But, is Matcha better than coffee? In our opinion, the answer is a resounding yes! Matcha is better than Coffee because it offers everything coffee does, without caffeine jitters, and with added health benefits too.
Matcha green tea powder stands out because this potent antioxidant has a profound effect on alertness, the ability to concentrate and health. Below, we take a look at some of the reasons why we believe that matcha green tea is better than coffee.
Matcha vs. Coffee: Energy
Matcha contains between 34-70 mg of caffeine, compared to 80 mg of caffeine for the equivalent amount of coffee. The caffeine content is classed as low and it is also infinitely more tolerated as a stimulant. You see, matcha contains a powerful amino acid called L-theanine. This slows down the absorption of caffeine plus it triggers the production of alpha brain waves, thereby relaxing the mind and body.
Together, caffeine and L-theanine enhance cognitive function and energy levels in a measured way. Thus sparing you from the jitter-inducing side-effects of caffeine. In contrast, Coffee is known to cause a speedy crash in energy levels, send your heart racing and trigger restlessness, and/ or anxiety. This becomes the energy-crash cycle. You need another coffee to get back to where you started then you crash again all whilst overloading your adrenal system. Matcha, on the other hand, delivers more sustainable energy with no energy -crash cycle.
Matcha vs. Coffee: Health Benefits
Matcha green tea powder is the superfood of superfoods. Because the shade-grown tea leaves from which it is produced, contain a high level of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All of which are consumed. Because Matcha is a powdered tea the entire leaf is ingested, rather than merely brewed (with the leaves removed) as would be the case with a standard green tea bag.
Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals within your body. This results in a protective action defending your body against potential harmful effects.
There are many benefits to drinking matcha which is covered in the Matcha Benefits blog so we will keep this section light and linked to coffee. The science is out there in support of the notion that Matcha supports the immune system. This is achieved through an antioxidant called EGCG, which helps the body to defend against viral and bacterial infections.
Coffee is also a rich source of dietary antioxidants. However, the process of roasting coffee beans reduces the strength of its antioxidant actions. For a hot matcha beverage, these antioxidants remain intact therefore delivering a larger proportion of beneficial antioxidants. To make Matcha we simply add hot water not boiling water and this ensures that its nutritional profile remains stable. If you’re looking to get creative there are many different ways to make matcha tea involving cold water too.
Matcha vs. Coffee: Weight Loss + Performance
Both green tea and coffee work to suppress appetite and contain virtually no calories. This makes it much easier to say no to food and providing an alternative to drinking water. A great deal of evidence can be found on matcha’s ability to reduce body weight, body mass index, body fat ratio, body fat mass, waist circumference and subcutaneous fat, as well as its weight-loss supporting antioxidants. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that a combination of drinking matcha green tea and exercising increased the number of calories burnt per day from the standard rate of 8-10%, to an incredible 35-43%!
As a green tea, matcha also increases adrenaline levels and stimulates the use of fatty acid. This has been scientifically proven to delay exhaustion by almost 25%, for greater endurance and physical performance whilst exercising. Caffeine from coffee, in contrast, shows an increase in endurance of just 11-12%.
How many beverages can claim to have powerful antioxidant, cancer-preventing, liver-protecting and cholesterol-lowering properties? All whilst aiding weight loss, boosting your productivity and keeping you awake sustainably?
To summarise, switching a coffee for a matcha tea can have massive health benefits. Give it a try today!
Is Matcha better than green tea?
Given that Matcha is a green Tea many of the health benefits are the same. However, Matcha is shade-grown which boosts the antioxidant levels so you get increased benefits drinking Matcha over standard green tea. A single cup of Matcha the equivalent of up to 10 cups of green tea in terms of nutritional value.
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