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Green Tea vs Matcha Tea- The Difference

Green tea leaves and matcha tea have created a storm on Instagram. If you log-in to your Instagram account, most probably you'll come across a gamut of matcha and green tea recipes, skin care products, health benefits, etc. Hence,green tea leaves and matcha has some a staple element in the diet charts of health-conscious people.
 
However, here is the truth. Most of us are well aware of the green tea traits. We know that is widely used in skin care products to give us a flawless skin. Not just that, the antioxidant properties of loose leaf green tea is yet another reason as to why this product has amassed unbeatable popularity. On the other hand, people still stumble upon the idea of matcha tea. Not everyone is well acquainted with the attributes of matcha tea. Hence, in this blog, we will point out the differences between matcha and green tea leaves. This way we will not only educate you but help you decide which one is better for health.

 

But First, What is Matcha Tea?

 Matcha tea
To start with, both matcha and green tea is derived from Camellia Sinensis plant.  Matcha is the premium version of green tea grounded into a powdered form. In other words, it is 100% green tea leaves is a greater amount of concentration than regular green tea. Hence, you are only required to use  ½ to 1 teaspoon of powder per cup. In comparison to normal green tea, when drinking matcha, you tend to consume the whole tea leaf! While loose leaf green tea origin is conventional, matcha is widely used around the world in drinks like tea lattes or boba tea and also as a cooking ingredient in everything from ice cream to salad dressing.
 
With that being said, here are the differences between Matcha and Green Tea leaves, even though they belong to the same family tree!

 

War of Teas: Green Tea Leaves vs Matcha Tea

 
COLOUR
The colour of matcha tea powder is way different from that of organic green tea leaves. Matcha tea powder appears bright green or parrot green while ordinary green tea leaves carry a green, yellow or a light brown hue. The vibrant colour is obtained owing to the high levels of chlorophyll, a powerful polyphenol.
 
TASTE
Since matcha is prepared by whisking into hot water, there is a unique richness to when it comes to the taste of the tea. It is quite different from that of conventional green tea. The flavour profile and texture of matcha tea can be described as vegetal, sweet, rich, creamy, wheatgrass, slightly astringent, full-bodied, and frothy.
 
Green tea, on the other hand, has a very light texture with a flavour profile that can range from grass-like to toasted, vegetal, sweet and seaweed-like.

 
RAW TEXTURE
Matcha powder has a fine, velvety texture that feels smooth to the touch, quite like talc. Loose leaf green tea feels gritty, like crushed-up leaves.
 
PREPARATION
Matcha powder is best mixed with water under 175° Fahrenheit.
 
Regular green tea is often boiled to 212° Fahrenheit, which destroys its nutritional benefits.


 
NUTRITION
Nutrition is where matcha tea powder shines when compared to green tea leaves.
In fact, you'll have to drink 10 to 15 cups of green tea to equal the nutrients in one cup of matcha.

 
Since Matcha is made by crushing the entire tea leaf into powder instead of steeping the leaves in hot water, none of the nutrients in the leaves is thrown out.
 

1 Cup of Matcha to 10 cups of Green Tea- Take a look at the break down of the nutrients level.
 
Catechins: ECGCs
ECGCs (or epigallocatechin-3-gallates) are catechins –a powerful antioxidant with infinite health benefits, including increased metabolism and physical endurance. Antioxidants flush out the free radicals and toxins from your body, thereby making you susceptive to weight gain, illnesses, cancer, and other chronic conditions.
 

  • Matcha- 134 milligrams
  • Green Tea- 63 milligrams

 
Polyphenols: Tannins
Tannins are naturally occurring micronutrients that originate from plants, and are found in many teas and wines.
 

Matcha- 99 milligrams
Green Tea- 7 milligrams
 
Amino Acids: L-Theanine
L-theanine is an amino acid that enhances creativity, knowledge, and memory. It offers the same energy-boosting benefits of caffeine, without the identical crash.
 

  • Matcha – 45 milligrams
  • Green Tea – 3 milligrams

 
All together, matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than organic green tea leaves.
 
Can you believe the difference between matcha and loose leaf green tea? While the world had the notion that match and green tea leaves go hand in hand, as we see it, they differ from each other at every level.


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