December 14, 2016

Coffee Verse Matcha: What's the Difference? 

For better or for worse, America runs on coffee. In fact, more than half of US adults sip at least a cup every day, and most of us drink far more than that.

It's hard to argue with the sacredness of the morning coffee routine, but what if there was another option? A jewel-toned drink filled with body-boosting benefits that still had enough caffeine to get you up in the morning...all without causing you bad side effects like jitters or bad breath?

You can have all this and more, if only you switch out your daily coffee for some green matcha goodness instead. 

What is Matcha?

As a form of green tea predominately grown in Japan, matcha stands out from other teas because you actually drink the leaves themselves in a powdered form, not just their infusions through a tea bag. This produces a jade green, frothy drink filled with a sweet, earthy flavor. Matcha is so valued in Japanese culture that Buddhist monks drink it to this day before beginning their focused mediation sessions.

If you're skeptical that a powdered tea can get you out of the depths of exhaustion like your morning mocha, you aren't alone. Matcha hasn't yet taken off in the western world like it has in East Asia, but as more people become exposed to its benefits that seems likely to change.

Take some time to compare the benefits of matcha to black coffee, and you might just find yourself making the switch for the long term.

The Depressing Downsides of Coffee

We know how hard it is to contemplate a world without easy access Starbucks, but there are some significant disadvantages to this dark-hued drink that need to be recognized. 

  • Coffee has fast-acting caffeine. Within a few minutes of drinking it, you will feel a sudden spike of energy that can easily push your heart rate past a comfortable level. Just an hour or two later your 'caffeine high' will come crashing down, leaving you more exhausted than before. (Why else are we all be reaching for the coffee pot during the daily 2pm slump?)
  • Coffee is bad for your face. Not only will it dry out your skin due to dehydration, it also makes your breath wretched and can even stain your teeth.
  •  Drinking too much coffee actually lowers your productivity by making you jittery. We all know that drinking coffee before bed leaves us tossing and turning, which interferes with getting an all important quality night's sleep.

 The truth is undeniable. Though we all drink coffee to keep our energy levels up and stay focused throughout the day, this popular drink is actually doing us a disservice by leaving us jittery, distracted, and eventually causing us to crash in a post-caffeine stupor. 

If you want to experience the benefits of caffeine without the downsides of crashing, it's time to consider switching out your favorite coffee cup and adding matcha into your life instead.

The Whole Body Advantages of Matcha

When you look at the facts, matcha has a lot going for it. Let's explore some of the ways that this beneficial brew keeps you healthy and alert throughout the day even better than coffee can.

 Long Lasting Caffeine 

Most doctors agree that caffeine is good for us. Healthy adults can handle three to four cups of coffee or six cups of matcha every day without problem. However, the forms of caffeine that you get from these two drinks couldn't be more different.

At 35 grams of caffeine per cup, matcha has roughly half the amount in a cup of coffee. Unlike coffee, however, matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that causes your body to process caffeine completely differently. Instead of getting absorbed into your blood stream in a matter of minutes, L-Theanine causes caffeine to be slowly released through your body, providing you with a non-jittery, sustained energy boost that lasts for hours instead of minutes and doesn't cause you to crash at the end.

Despite containing less caffeine than a single cup of coffee, a serving of matcha will leave you feeling focused, alert and productive for hours on end.

Weight Loss Potential

Like coffee, matcha is just about a zero calorie drink (so long as you lay off the sugar and milk). Each serving of matcha provides you with fewer than three calories, making it a guilt free way to start your day.

Even better, matcha helps to boost your metabolism by increasing the rate that your body burns through calories, which is called thermogenesis.

Finally, drinking matcha is a smart choice for you if you suffer from high blood pressure. Because matcha works as a natural blood thinner, multiple studies have shown the difference that regularly drinking this powdered green tea can have on your arterial walls and blood pressure levels.  

 Body-Benefiting Nutrients

Because drinking matcha means you drink the entire tea leaf, it is full of healthy nutrients that can't be found in coffee or even other forms of tea. Drinking matcha provides you with 314 mg of fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin A and chlorophyl.

Matcha contains crazy amounts of catechins, flavonoids and polyphenols, all of which help to defend your body against unwanted invaders and harmful free radicals, meaning that drinking matcha helps to reduce tissue damage caused by aging and even helps prevent the formation of cancer cells.

Most green tea fans know that their drink is full of antioxidants. What might surprise you is just how many there are in matcha. Gram for gram, no drink can complete with the antioxidant properties of matcha, which contains ten times the amount found in other teas and over 70 times the amount in orange juice.

Easy To Make

Once you master the process of making matcha, you'll be amazed how much simpler it is than dealing with your old coffee contraptions. No longer will you be dependent on your fancy french press or have to find a way to dispose of used coffee grounds; instead, making high-quality matcha takes all of thirty seconds and requires just a few basic tools.

Better Breath 

Not only does drinking matcha help you avoid the dreaded coffee breath, it actually makes your mouth healthier in the process. Because it contains compounds called polyphenols, matcha helps eliminate the mouth bacteria that build up to plaque, leading to a healthier, better-smelling mouth.

Matcha verse Coffee: Who's The Overall Winner?

 The choice should be clear. Matcha is a high-quality green tea drink full of essential nutrients for your body and long-lasting energy to keep you focused and alert all day. If you trade out your daily coffee for.