Green Tea or Matcha Tea – which one is better for weight loss?
You may love juices and smoothies but the rise in energy level and mood that you derive after drinking tea doesn’t need any explanation. Hardly will you find people who don’t like drinking tea. While the light or dark brown brew is generally what people prefer but if you are into health and fitness, it’s time you resort to a healthier version of tea- green or matcha.
Many people are often confused between choosing green tea and matcha tea. With both being readily available in the market and serving almost the same purpose, which one should you be opting for? In this piece, we will list down all about these two different teas which will help you decide which one is better. Without further ado, read on!
Green tea versus matcha tea
|How to prepare both?|
An interesting fact about green tea and matcha tea is that both are derived from China’s Camellia sinensis plant. Drinking green tea has a zillion benefits. Listed down are a few of them:
- Weight loss: Fitness enthusiasts are great lovers of green tea. The properties in the tea help cut down on obesity backed by physical exercise.
- Chances of reducing cancer: While there is no substantial proof of the same, but many studies have it that people who drink green tea have a positive effect on breast, bladder, skin and prostate cancer among many.
- Improves brain function: Green tea contains some amount of caffeine in it which is allegedly a brain stimulator. Hence, frequently (not overdoing) green tea is believed to improve your mood, help you with stress and improve the functioning of the brain.
As we mentioned, matcha tea is also derived from the same plant as that of green tea, however, the way it is prepared is different. About a month before harvesting matcha tea, farmers shield it from the sun. This leads to an increase in chlorophyll content and a darker shade of the tea leaves come about. Matcha tea may have an increased level of caffeine and antioxidants than green tea. The only thing is that matcha tea can be a little expensive.
- Powerhouse of antioxidants: The antioxidants in matcha tea help slow down ageing and other heart and chronic illnesses. The green powdery substance, with the way it is made, is filled with antioxidants.
- Helps in body oxygenation: Our body has a natural way of flushing out toxins and purifying our bloodstream. Our liver needs oxygen to be able to function properly. The high level of antioxidant in matcha tea further boosts the system and helps carry oxygen to tissue and other organs.
- Mood booster, provides relaxation: After coming back from a stressful day at work, sipping on some matcha tea as you unwind is the best thing ever! Matcha tea also provides relaxation, thereby avoiding stress and boosting your mood.
- Green tea: Never, ever boil green tea. Instead, let it simmer. Boil water onto a pan and just when you feel it is about to bubble, turn off the knob. Add one teaspoon of green tea leaves and let it simmer by keeping the lid closed. Strain it and drink it. You may also add some honey to it if you want.
- Matcha tea: Unlike green tea, matcha is a fine green powdery substance that needs no straining. Add a teaspoon to a glass and add a little water. Whisk it away. Once the tea forms into a fine paste, add one regular cup of water and sip it up.