Why We Believe Matcha is Better Than Coffee!
Many people love coffee: it tastes good, gets them out of bed in the morning, and gives them energy to start their day. But with matcha also having all of these properties as well as a list of benefits, it might be time to switch your drink of choice to matcha green tea. While you may be skeptical about changing your morning (and mid-morning, and afternoon) beverage, there are many benefits to switching to matcha, from physical health to mental health. Here are just a few of them.
One of the main reasons that people love coffee is its caffeine content. We get it - when you live a busy life, it sometimes feels necessary to have that little extra energy boost in the morning to get you started. But the problem with the kind of caffeine that comes with coffee is that it can often have less than pleasurable side effects. The caffeine you get from coffee releases its energy all at once, which can leave you feeling jittery or shaky. It also means that after your energy boost you may experience an energy crash, which could leave you feeling worse than you did in the first place.
Not good. But here’s the exciting part: although matcha doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, it is still able to give you just as much of a boost, and a more sustainable one. The presence of the amino acid L-Theanine in matcha means that the energy you get from the drink is slow-release, meaning that instead of getting a jittery rush, your body will stay energized for hours. L-Theanine also has the ability to make you feel relaxed as well as alert, meaning that matcha can still wake you up in the morning – but without causing you to feel on edge.
If you suffer from anxiety, this is good news too. High caffeine consumption (often in the form of coffee and energy drinks) is known to aggravate the symptoms of anxiety. This is no real surprise, seeing as the effects of caffeine from coffee are often very similar to symptoms of anxiety: feeling jittery, on-edge, and having a racing heart. If you switch to matcha, all these side effects of coffee caffeine will go away. Again, the L-Theanine in matcha will make you feel alert but calm, and L-Theanine even triggers the release of serotonin in the brain, which will act as a mood booster. This natural mood booster is also helpful if you suffer from depression. There’s a reason this drink is practically worshipped by Buddhist monks.
Another reason to kick your coffee habit is that coffee can quickly become high calorie. If you get a medium-sized latte from Starbucks, that’s 190 calories, and that’s without adding your favorite flavored syrup or sizing up to a large. If you prefer a Frappuccino, you’re in even worse trouble, with a caramel Frappuccino with cream coming in at 490 calories. With weight being a common problem for many people, spending this number of calories on one drink is not good news. But if you switch to matcha, you could cut down on both caffeine and calories, with a cup of matcha coming in at approximately 3 calories per cup. Yes, you might miss your cream-topped cookie crumble coconut Frappuccino at first, but matcha is delicious too, and once you start feeling the health benefits, you’ll forget what made you walk into Starbucks in the first place. However, it’s not just the fact that matcha is lower calorie, it also can help you burn fat.
That’s right, you could actually lose weight by adding matcha to your diet. The reason for this is that matcha has been reported to boost metabolism, increasing thermogenesis by up to 40%, which in turn increases the rate at which your body burns calories.
But matcha isn’t just good for weight loss and maintenance, it’s also a much healthier choice in general. Coffee shop coffee is often very high in sugar and fat, while matcha is low in both these things.
Another benefit to matcha is that it's high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for boosting your immune system, helping you fight off illness if you do get ill, and some types of antioxidant even have cancer-fighting properties. Basically, antioxidants are something you want to be getting more of – and matcha is the best place to get them. Matcha has more antioxidants per gram than blueberries, spinach and acai berries put together. That’s a lot of antioxidants!
Although coffee isn’t known for being terrible for you, it can have some negative effects on the body. For example, coffee is a known bladder irritant, which isn’t good if you tend to suffer from things like urinary tract infections, or problems with your renal system. Switching to matcha will stop this irritation and boost your immune system instead, meaning there’s less chance of infection in the first place.
And if all this isn’t enough to convince you, matcha won’t give you coffee breath - enough said!