Many of us have taken to drinking green tea in some form in recent years, as more and more studies show the health benefits of these simple leaves and it becomes a staple part of the ranges of many top tea brands. We are generally drinking green tea for the sense of detoxification it can bring, the increase in antioxidants and often simply as a healthy alternative to a caffeinated, sugary drink during our tea breaks. For some of us, these basic teabags – perhaps with a hint of lemon or ginger – are enough but there is a beverage that has fitness fanatics talking called matcha green tea. What makes this tea even more beneficial and should we all be making the switch?
An impressive amount of antioxidants means that losing weight with matcha tea is simple and effective
The reason why matcha tea is even more appealing than regular green tea for fighting the fat is actually quite simple – it has 137 times as many antioxidants. That is a considerable amount that makes the standard form we have slowly grown to love seem a bit weak and feeble by comparison. The difference between the two forms that leads to this massive gain is the way that the tea is processed. With green tea we are brewing the leaves in the standard way and getting the taste and essence from the water; with this powdered form we are consuming the leaf and getting all the goodness and nutrients directly.
These antioxidants are what makes green tea so important for weight loss: they increase our metabolic rates, encourage the breakdown of fat cells and fight free radicals for a general sense of well-being as we diet (source: Brilliant Green Company). What this means is that our bodies are given a helping hand in breaking down the fat we are trying to lose, but they also ensure that we have greater endurance and the right mindset to continue with our exercise to burn even more. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008 showed that fat burning rates in men that drank matcha tea during moderate exercise increased by 17%. This is a significant rise that can get us to our weight loss goals much faster.
Matcha tea has many advantages over green tea
There is another key point here that makes losing weight with matcha tea a much more attractive prospect than regular green tea: a much higher potency means we do not have to drink so much of it to feel the benefits and increase our metabolism. It can take quite a few cups of the regular stuff to have any effect and, to be honest, many of us are drinking it for the benefits rather than the taste (hence the popular addition of lemon). If we can get away with one or two cups a day, or one with exercise, we are more likely to have the discipline to follow through. Having said this, some converted drinkers say that unlike green tea, matcha tea works well with milk and as an addition to smoothies and coffees so it may actually be more versatile and tasty anyway. This all sounds brilliant in theory and should have green tea lovers adding matcha tea to their shopping lists but it is currently quite the specialist product so you may have to detour to a specialist store to find it for now.
Could matcha tea take over from green tea as our preferred weight loss drink?
It is weird to talk about green tea as the regular variety when it took the general public so long to come around to the idea, and sales are still not as high as some would expect, but it is definitely much more of a mainstream health drink now. With this great news about losing weight with matcha tea, however, it seems that these standard green tea bags could be substituted for a new, potent form with some very interesting potential benefits. It is all about speed and efficiency with the most popular weight loss aids and that is precisely what matcha offers. It may not be that accessible right now but once more mainstream health food stores catch on to consumer demand, it shouldn’t be long before it is being consumed in every gym and break room.