Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.
~ Chinese Proverb
Matcha green tea is widely accepted as a weight loss remedy because it can help you regulate your appetite and reduce mindless snacking. It has so many more health benefits that I cannot imagine why everyone wouldn't want to drink it! This why I am so grateful to my friends at Ujido, who have graciously shared with us their beautiful eBook Matcha For Mind & Body, which is where I got the information for this article. They are also blessing us in a big way by giving every DrEricZ.com reader a special coupon – just type in MATCHA20 when you're checking out to enjoy 20% on me!
Drinking Matcha for Weight Loss
Because matcha is made from whole leaves that have been finely ground, you are actually ingesting the entire leaf. This means you’re getting more nutrients than if you simply steeped the leaves – as you do with regular tea – before discarding the leaves. Therefore matcha may provide even more health benefits than regular tea. And while the levels of catechins in matcha are lower than in traditional green tea due to the shading of leaves, they are still there in abundance. Plus, levels of other nutrients are higher, such as l-theanine, which produces a relaxed alertness (unlike the sometimes-jittery buzz of coffee).
People have found that they can lose weight with Matcha green tea with just one cup a day! The antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, more commonly known as ECGC, can also help boost metabolism, making it more likely that you’ll tone up and slim down, especially if you are also exercising and eating a healthy diet at the same time. Note these benefits accrue to the green tea itself, not the green tea flavor … avoid sugary green tea snacks and anything made with extract or fake flavoring.
Unlike some other supposed health foods, matcha and green tea are safe for practically everyone. Note that this is not the same as green tea supplements, which contain higher doses of all the substances in green tea, and may not be safe for “pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with heart problems or high blood pressure, kidney or liver problems, stomach ulcers, or anxiety disorders,” explains Medical News Today.
Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe
- Blend in Vitamix and voila!
Here are some more of my favorite beverage recipes for you to enjoy!