Matcha – superfoods for special tasks
In my daily diet there are always healthy products, but there are also some completely unique ones that I would like to share with you. Time for superfoods! Superfoods are superfoods that have beneficial properties for our health and well-being. Products belonging to this category contain vitamins, minerals and other valuable bioactive compounds important for our body. They have a natural origin, and their regular consumption produces beneficial effects. One of the superfoods is matcha.
Matcha is a Japanese green tea whose properties have been known for millennia. It literally translates to “tea powder”. Studies show that one cup of it has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea. In addition, matcha is over 100 times richer in valuable antioxidants. This is because when drinking matcha tea, we do not just swallow the brew, but the tea leaves ground to dust.
About two weeks before harvest, the bushes are shaded from the sun to slow down their growth. During this time, the tea leaves turn pale green and produce amino acids that give them their sweetness and deep aroma. The collected leaves are dried and then ground into a powder that has an intense green color.
Matcha is known for its relaxing properties, which it owes to L-theanine. It is a compound that has a calming effect, reduces the feeling of stress and anxiety and stabilizes the mood, while maintaining alertness of the mind.
One cup of it can provide almost the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. However, matcha, unlike a little black tea, adds energy gradually and avoids a sudden drop in strength. What else distinguishes matcha is the EGCG polyphenol, which affects, among others, to improve metabolism.
On the basis of matcha powder, you can prepare not only tea, but also delicious yoghurts, smoothies, or the so-called matcha latte, i.e. matcha tea with milk. It is also great for baking, cakes and various desserts. It gives them not only an original appearance, but also a unique taste.