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Most mornings, I like to start my day with a Matcha Gree Tea. It’s my go-to health tonic which simply combines Healthy Chef Matcha and hot water into an emerald green elixir that is full of antioxidants and makes me feel energised for the busy day ahead.

When I get to work, I’ll often make a hot pumpkin seed milk matcha latte or matcha infused protein-rich smoothie, which is so creamy and dessert-like it’s hard to believe it is for breakfast! This smoothie satisfies my cravings and keeps my blood sugars stable so I don’t crave anything sweet during the day.

Unlike regular green tea where you steep green tea leaves, Organic Ceremonial-Grade Matcha is a more potent and concentrated form of green tea. It is made from the leaves of a young green tea plant that are hand-picked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder. When you make it, you mix the powder with hot water so, essentially, you are drinking the entire leaf.

Matcha has the ability to boost your immunity, control your stress and assist with weight loss all from one simple drink.

Matcha works as a fat blocker. A compound in matcha called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) has been shown to boost metabolism and stop the growth of fat cells. EGCG is an antioxidant catechin abundant in green tea. EGCG is also found in black teas and oolong tea.

Matcha tea is my smart swap for coffee and milky lattes, which can often play with my blood sugar, leading to weight gain, especially during the winter months when I’m craving more warming drinks. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participants who drank catechin-rich green tea daily dropped almost twice as much weight in 12 weeks as participants who didn’t.

LONGER – LASTING ENERGY

Since matcha tea has both regular caffeine and also the amino acid theanine, it produces a relaxed but alert mental state, boosting alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves provide a pleasant clarity, so your energy boost is sustained over time.

Unlike regular green tea where you steep green tea leaves, matcha is more potent and concentrated form of green tea. Matcha is made from the leaves of a young green tea plant that are hand-picked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder.

To obtain all its benefits, choose Healthy Chef Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha. Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha is high in antioxidants and recognised as the highest quality matcha tea in the world as it uses the young leaves of the green tea plant.

THE TEA EVERY WOMAN SHOULD DRINK

One amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is its ability to gently support weight loss. According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming green tea increased thermogenesis, that is, the body’s rate of burning calories, from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure. The researchers concluded that green tea may play a role in the control of body composition because of its high catechin polyphenol content and thermogenic properties.

Consuming green tea increased thermogenesis, that is, the body’s rate of burning calories, from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.

FAT-BURNING POTENTIAL

Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that green tea with caffeine significantly lowered body mass index (BMI), body weight and weight circumference compared to caffeine-free green tea. This is because the decaffeination process significantly reduces the amount of the flavanols and antioxidants that can assist with weight management.

THE REMARKABLE EGCG COMPOUND

Matcha is an excellent source of the polyphenol, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is a plant-based compound with powerful antioxidant properties. Matcha contains significantly higher levels of EGCG than regular green tea, increasing its metabolism boosting and thermogenic effects in the body.

In fact, according to a recent review published in Molecules, EGCG has been shown to have beneficial effects against obesity. This is because EGCG has been found to have the highest biological activity among green tea molecules.

Matcha is an excellent source of the polyphenol, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is a plant-based compound with powerful antioxidant properties. It’s my ultimate solution to shredding body fat and feeling energised all day.

More specifically, in a randomised, double-blind trial, 115 women with central obesity were randomly assigned to either a high-dose green tea extract group or a placebo group. Those treated with a high dose of green tea extract for 12 weeks resulted in significant weight loss, reduced waist circumference, and decreased plasma levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein.

Of course, matcha isn’t a replacement for an unhealthy diet, but it’s a natural way to raise your metabolism and gently support weight loss. Personally, I love a hot cup of Healthy Chef Matcha Green Tea to start my day – it’s such an energising drink that gets me going. I also love to enjoy a few cups during the day as it boosts my concentration and keeps me alert for when I’m on a hectic schedule.

HOW TO MAKE TRADITIONAL MATCHA TEA

To make matcha the traditional way, I like to heat filtered water to about 80°C – not quite boiling. Then combine 1 cup of the water with a small scoop of Matcha (about 1/2 teaspoon). Whisk the powder using a bamboo whisk in a ‘W’ shape until you have a bit of foam then sip slowly and enjoy.

Personally, I love a hot cup of Healthy Chef Matcha Green Tea to start my day – it’s such an energising drink that gets me going. I enjoy matcha about one to three cups a day (and if you’re sensitive to caffeine, I recommend to stop by 2 P.M. so it won’t interfere with your sleep). Matcha has become a part of my life – a part of my daily wellness routine and I love how it makes me feel.

What are the other matcha health benefits?

The rich poly-phenol compounds found in matcha and other plant foods in your diet help lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer; they also help keep your brain healthy as you age. And, plant polyphenols are often cited for their role in heart health; they fight against hardening of the arteries, known medically as “atherosclerosis,” according to a review published in the Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity journal in November 2009. Atherosclerosis causes arteries to narrow and become clogged, which may cause heart attack or stroke. Other ways polyphenols may protect your heart is by increasing good cholesterol, reducing inflammation, and improving circulation in your arteries by preventing your blood from clotting.

Furthermore, in another study published by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, it was reported that frequent consumption of quality green tea enhances the efficiency of the human body in utilizing energy. The research showed that the daily energy expenditure rate of adults increases 35-45% with regular consumption of green tea. So matcha green tea actually can increase your body’s ability to burn energy by up to 45%!

There is a huge number of studies outlining similar findings that green tea – especially matcha – assists with weight loss and the prevention of weight gain.

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Call it the new green juice. Over the past year, matcha, the vibrant green tea, has become the drink of the moment, popping up everywhere from Gwyneth’s Instagram to the menu at Atera, a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York. While matcha is lauded as a healthy alternative to espresso—a caffeine boost without jitters, plus a heavy hit of antioxidants—the latest buzz is that it may yield another major benefit: shedding extra pounds.

“A compound in matcha called EGCG has been shown to boost metabolism and stop the growth of fat cells,” says Cynthia Pasquella, a Los Angeles nutritionist who has worked with Charlize Theron and Sandra Bullock. EGCG is an antioxidant catechin abundant in green tea, with some found in black and oolong teas and apples. “Matcha has played an important role for a number of my clients,” Pasquella asserts.

Jillian Tuchman, a New York dietitian and nutritionist for Aloha supplements, agrees. “It’s smart to swap it for coffee, which can play with blood sugar, leading to weight gain,” she says. The research is compelling too: A 2000 study in the journal Endocrinology found that daily injections of EGCG caused lab rats to lose up to 21 percent of their body weight within one week, likely due to its effect on leptin, the satiety hormone; and a 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that participants who drank catechin-rich green tea extract daily dropped almost twice as much weight in 12 weeks as participants who didn’t.

Tina Williams, 26, a client of Pasquella’s, lost nearly 15 pounds over three months last year after changing up her diet and incorporating matcha as a replacement for her morning coffee and midday snack. “It satisfied my three o’clock sugar craving, so I didn’t end up eating those calories,” she says. “Within three weeks I started to see results.”

So what is matcha exactly? While green tea usually consists of dried, chopped leaves that are steeped in a bag, matcha is a fine powder made from plants specially shade-grown to develop flavor and the nearly neon hue. “Japanese and Chinese Buddhist monks have been drinking it for centuries for a Zen alertness,” according to Eric Gower of Breakaway Matcha, the go-to source for Google’s Silicon Valley cafés. For each serving, hot water is mixed into around a half-teaspoon of powder (no bag) using a small bamboo whisk that gives it a nice frothy texture. The real boon is that ultimately you ingest the leaves themselves for a greater dose of nutrients—including EGCG—than what’s extracted through steeping.

While studies have mixed conclusions about precisely how much matcha or EGCG may be needed to lose weight, Pasquella and Tuchman suggest one to three cups a day (and if you’re sensitive to caffeine, stop by 2 P.M. so it won’t interfere with sleep). “Matcha is just one part of a well-rounded regimen,” says Tuchman. “Can you have a doughnut but drink matcha and still lose weight? No.” And those matcha Kit Kats and matcha-infused cupcakes at places like Sprinkles bakery? Says Pasquella, “Don’t even think about it.”

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 Issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.

Matcha Tea For Weight Loss – How It Helps Burn Fat And How To Prepare It Charushila Biswas Hyderabd040-395603080 May 1, 2019

Want to lose weight? Let’s talk matcha! Matcha tea or “powdered tea” is the new health and weight loss drink that e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e is raving about. It is used in the Japanese tea ceremony and is obtained from the same plant as green tea. But matcha tea is 10X times more potent in aiding weight loss than green tea because it is processed differently. Curious to know what makes this vibrant green powdered tea so special and how it aids weight loss? Give this post a read and know how matcha tea for weight loss works.

Highlights Of The Article

  • Matcha Tea – History And Processing
  • How Matcha Tea Aids Weight Loss
  • How To Prepare Matcha Tea At Home For Weight Loss
  • How Many Cups Of Matcha Should You Drink?
  • What Are The Best Matcha Tea Brands?
  • Where To Buy Organic Matcha Tea
  • Matcha Tea Vs. Green Tea
  • Health Benefits Of Drinking Matcha Tea
  • Matcha Tea Side Effects
  • Who Should Avoid Drinking Matcha Tea?
  • Weight Loss Tips

Matcha Tea – History And Processing

This powdered green tea was discovered in China during the reign of the Tang Dynasty. But it was the Buddhist monks who brought matcha tea to Japan. It helped them meditate better, and as time passed, it became popular. Over the past 1000 years, matcha has become an integral part of the Japanese culture. It is used in the Chado ceremony, where two grades of matcha are used – Koicha (thick) and Usucha (thin). In this ceremony, the host prepares matcha tea using the traditional method of whisking the tea with a bamboo whisk.

The processing of matcha is what makes it so special. The best quality of matcha tea plant is grown in the Uji region of Japan. The tea plants are covered with bamboo shades, allowing only 20% of sun rays to reach the plants. This process helps increase the chlorophyll levels of the leaves. Then, the leaf buds are plucked, steamed, dried, and stone ground to produce matcha tea. How does this tea aid weight loss? Find out next.

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How Matcha Tea Aids Weight Loss

  • Low In Calories

Matcha tea is low in calories – 1 g contains about 3 calories (1). So, even if you have more than 2 g of the tea, you will not consume too many calories. And as you know, fewer the calories you consume, lesser the chances of those calories not getting used up and being stored as fat.

  • Rich In Antioxidants

Matcha tea is obtained from the same plant as green tea, Camellia sinensis. And, like green tea, matcha tea also contains the most abundant and proactive antioxidant, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Scientists at the University of Colorado found that the EGCG content in matcha is 137 times more than Chinese green tea (2). And that’s because when you drink the tea, you consume the whole leaves, unlike most teas where you discard the leaves after steeping them in hot water for a few minutes. The antioxidants help flush out toxins, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation, which helps prevent weight gain and accelerates weight loss.

  • Boosts Metabolism

If you are trying to lose weight, you should pay attention to your metabolic rate. If your metabolic rate is slow, you will not be able to shed the fat, no matter how less you eat. Matcha green tea has been found to boost or speed up your slacking metabolism. The catechins present in the tea help improve the metabolic rate during and after exercise (3).

  • Burns Fat

Fat burning is a biochemical process of breaking down large fat molecules into smaller triglycerides, and these triglycerides must be used up or excreted. Matcha tea is rich in catechins that increase the body’s thermogenesis from 8-10% to 35-43%. Moreover, drinking this tea can improve your exercise endurance and help you burn or mobilize fat (4).

  • Balances Blood Glucose

A constant spike in blood glucose or blood sugar levels can put you at the risk of being insulin resistant and diabetic. Matcha tea helps reduce and regulate the blood sugar levels as it contains a good amount of dietary fiber, which keeps you full for a long duration and prevents you from overeating (5). And when you don’t overeat, your glucose levels will not spike. This, in turn, will also prevent you from being prone to type 2 diabetes (6).

  • Lowers Stress

Stress triggers the secretion of cortisol, the stress hormone. When the cortisol levels are constantly high, your body goes into a state of inflammation. You start feeling fatigued, tired, restless, all at once. And the worst side effect of being stressed out is weight gain, especially in the belly region. Matcha tea is loaded with antioxidants that help scavenge the harmful oxygen radicals, lower inflammation, and prevent weight gain (7).

  • Provides Energy

Matcha tea also helps boost the energy levels, increases alertness, and makes you more proactive (8). The more active you feel, the more active you will be. This prevents you from being lazy, increases your stamina and endurance levels, and helps in weight loss.

  • Reduces Cholesterol

Matcha tea is the richest source of EGCG, an antioxidant that is found in most teas. Scientists found that EGCG helped reduce bad cholesterol levels in laboratory rats when they were fed high cholesterol food for 30 days (9). The underlying mechanism may be because EGCG inhibits bad cholesterol absorption (10).

  • Helps In Detoxification

Bad eating and lifestyle habits can lead to toxic build-up in your body. And toxic build-up is one of the reasons for weight gain. So, you need to detoxify your body every day. And what can be better than drinking matcha tea, which is loaded with antioxidants that help flush out the harmful free oxygen radicals (11)? Detoxification with matcha tea will help you lose weight, prevent constipation, improve digestion, build immunity, and boost your overall health.

Matcha tea can aid weight loss in different ways, and all you have to do is prepare it the correct way and drink it. Let me show you how to prepare it at home in the next section.

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How To Prepare Matcha Tea At Home

Preparing matcha tea is simple and is similar to making a cup of green tea.

Here’s a video of how to prepare matcha tea the traditional way.

What You Need
  • Chawan – traditional Japanese Matcha tea bowl
  • Chasen – Bamboo whisk
  • Chashaku – Bamboo scoop or spoon
  • Sifter
Ingredients
  • ½ teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
  • 2-3 ounces of water at 185o F
How To Prepare Matcha Tea
  1. Sift half a teaspoon or two bamboo scoops of matcha green tea powder and add it to the tea bowl.
  2. Carefully pour the hot water.
  3. Use the bamboo whisk to whisk the matcha, using a “W” motion. Do this until a layer of froth has formed.
  4. Slow down the whisking and slowly lift the whisk from the center. And, it’s ready!

Now that was simple, wasn’t it? Making matcha tea can be fun and relaxing. But how many cups should you drink to lose weight? Find out in the next section.

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How Many Cups Of Matcha Should You Drink?

It is safe to drink 3-5 cups of matcha green tea per day for weight loss. Since 1 cup of matcha contains about 70 g caffeine (1 cup of coffee contains 100 g caffeine), we recommend you not to overdrink it as you may experience an unpleasant spike in energy levels and withdrawal symptoms. Now, let’s find out which brand of matcha tea is best for weight loss.

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What Are The Best Matcha Tea Brands?

There are many brands of matcha tea, but only a few are organic and high-grade. Here are the best brands of matcha tea.

  1. Teavana Organic
  2. WowMatcha
  3. Pure Matcha
  4. Matcha De Mark
  5. Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha
  6. Aiya America Organic Ceremonial Matcha
  7. Mizuba Tea

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Where To Buy Organic Matcha Tea

You can buy matcha tea online or at a tea shop that sells good grade matcha tea.

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Matcha Tea Vs. Green Tea

Any new tea variety can make you ask, “Is it really better or is it just another marketing trick?” Well, as discussed in the article, matcha tea contains about 10 times more antioxidants than green tea. Plus, it tastes great. Having said that, I would also like to add that matcha tea is great, but so is green tea. You can use both, but yes, you will see quick results with matcha tea.

So, does matcha tea only help in weight loss? Or are there other benefits? Let’s find out.

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Health Benefits Of Drinking Matcha Tea

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is an antioxidant found in most teas. However, since matcha tea is produced by grinding the whole tea leaves, and you drink the powdered tea without discarding the leaves, you get a lot more of the antioxidant as compared to any other tea. And it helps improve your health in the following ways:

  • It helps flush the toxins out.
  • EGCG helps lower the stress levels and blood pressure.
  • Keeps your heart healthy by lowering bad cholesterol levels and improving overall blood lipid profile.
  • Matcha tea is also rich in dietary fiber, which keeps you full for a long period.
  • This tea will improve hair and skin health.
  • Since it helps lower blood sugar levels, it prevents the risk of diabetes.
  • Helps to detoxify the liver.

Drinking matcha tea can surely make you lose weight and improve your health. But what can happen if you go overboard with it?

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Matcha Tea Side Effects

If you consume more than 5 cups of matcha tea per day, you may experience the following:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn

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Who Should Avoid Drinking Matcha Tea?

Pregnant women and children should avoid drinking matcha tea. Also, always consult your doctor before drinking matcha tea for weight loss. He/She will be able to give you an expert opinion depending on your medical conditions, medical history, age, weight, current medications, etc.

Now, you know all about matcha tea for weight loss. But what good it is if all its goodness just gets oxidized? Yes, matcha tea is prone to quick oxidation, and hence, you must know the right way to store it.

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How To Store Matcha Tea

Here are the steps you can follow to store matcha and prevent it from oxidizing:

  • Wash an airtight container with soap water to prevent contamination.
  • Let it dry in the sun.
  • Scoop out the matcha tea powder and transfer it to the airtight container.
  • Store it in a cool and dark cabinet in the refrigerator.
  • If you haven’t opened the matcha tea pack yet, store it in the fridge.

Before I conclude, go through these weight loss tips that are going to help you lifelong.

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Weight Loss Tips

  • Watch what you are eating – avoid junk and processed foods.
  • Consume five different veggies every day.
  • Consume three types of fruits every day.
  • Drink at least 3 liters of water per day.
  • Control your portions, even with veggies and fruits.
  • Add protein to every meal.
  • Consume full-fat milk.
  • Add healthy fats to your diet.
  • Do a mix of cardio, HIIT, and strength training.
  • Have a protein drink if you are not getting enough protein from whole foods.
  • Get 7 hours of sleep every night.
  • Avoid late night snacking.
  • Enjoy a cheat day every week (only if you have earned it).
  • Walk and ride a bicycle.
  • Try to stay stress-free. Practice yoga and meditation.

This brings us to a close. Hope you have got all the information regarding matcha tea for weight loss. Get your pack of matcha powder today and let us know if your weight loss plan worked! Enjoy a delicious drink and lose the stubborn fat. Cheers!

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is matcha tea expensive?

Yes, it is expensive, but you will use half a teaspoon to make one cup of matcha tea. So, you can use a pack of matcha tea for a long time. The shelf life of this tea is 6-12 months, and it has innumerable health benefits.

How much caffeine is present in Epic Matcha?

Epic Matcha tea contains 29-37 mg of caffeine per serving.

Can you use cold water to make matcha tea, or does it have to be hot?

You can use both cold and hot water to make matcha tea. Make sure the water is below the boiling point if you want to make hot matcha tea.

Which is better – culinary grade or ceremonial grade?

Both taste great. It depends on whether you like matcha in the traditional Japanese form or the bitter-tasting (like coffee) culinary grade variant.

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Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. And that prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.

Matcha Helps Weight loss

Matcha green tea powder is an incredible ingredient to help in weight management for it’s ability to boost the metabolism, and the way it interacts in your body. Matcha helps weight loss through a number of key scientific reasons which we have outlined below!

Key Reasons why Matcha Helps Weight Loss

Matcha Boosts your Metabolism

Matcha contains incredibly high levels of the antioxidant EGCG. This antioxidant has been linked with boosting the metabolism where in one study matcha green tea increased study participants’ fat-burning capabilities by 17 percent when they engaged in exercise. When your metabolism is working better you burn more fat.

Matcha Helps Inhibits Fat Absorption

Matcha helps to stop your body from absorbing as much fat in your diet. Matcha does this by helping to block the ability of digestive enzymes to break down fat, a step necessary for fat to enter our cells. So instead of absorbing and storing all the fat from your diet, a greater ratio gets passed through the body.

Matcha is a Natural Detoxifier

Matcha is rich in Chlorophyll which is a cleanser that helps our body make and keep itself healthy. Chlorophyll de-acidifies and mineralises the environment of cells of the body. It helps to restore the acid-base balance and to normalise pH-value. Chlorophyll has a general cleansing and disinfecting capacity and thereby supports the immune system.

Chlorophyll transports oxygen to the cells and helps with the removal of CO2. More oxygen to the cells means better circulation, better organ functioning, better brain functioning, quicker repair of muscles and faster healing of burns, wounds and scars. Chlorophyll is particularly known as oxygen carrier, blood cleanser and blood builder.

All of this detoxification helps your body work more efficiently and therefore better able to metabolize and use energy.

Matcha Contains Natural Caffeine

Matcha does contain natural caffeine that will keep your energy levels up and make it easier for you to burn calories. Matcha, however, delivers caffeine slowly into your system and as a result it does not cause the energy spike and slump that often leaves coffee of energy drink consumers reaching for a sugar hit.

Matcha is a Stress Reducer

Matcha has been linked to raising the Serotonin and Dopamine levels in the brain which are the hormones responsible for happiness and well being. By reducing your stress levels your body will stop holding onto unnecessary fat around your midsection that is often caused by Cortisol (the stress hormone).

Matcha Helps the Energy Efficiency of your Body

A study published by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition reported that frequent consumption of quality green tea enhances the efficiency of the human body in utilizing energy. The research showed that the daily energy expenditure rate of adults increases 35-45% with regular consumption of green tea. So matcha green tea actually can increase your body’s ability to burn energy by up to 45%!

Why you should buy premium matcha?

In order to gain the full weight loss benefits of matcha you need to use premium matcha or higher so that the matcha contains the highest level of antioxidants, amino acids and nutrients.

Zen Green Tea matcha is premium grade and contains the highest antioxidant levels (1573 ORAC units per serve).

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Best Green Teas For Weight Loss

Green Tea originated in Japan and it’s been used for its physical health benefits and its soothing effects since ancient times.

Today’s modern scientific studies support these ancient beliefs; and many people tout its positive effect on weight management and weight loss, through increasing your metabolism and energy.

In this guide, we have compiled a list of the most popular and highest-quality green tea products.

Quick Answer: The 5 Best Green Teas for Weight Loss

  1. Zhou Nutrition – Green Tea Extract Supplement with EGCG
  2. Benevolent Nourishment – Green Tea Extract Liquid Herbal Supplement
  3. Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics
  4. Ceremonial Matcha – Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
  5. The Republic Of Tea – Lean Green Supergreen Tea
Green Tea Extract Supplement by Zhou Nutrition Ceremonial Matcha – Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder The Republic Of Tea Lean Green Supergreen Tea
Form of Tea: Capsules Macha Powder Tea Bags
Supply: 120 Capsules 1 oz 36 tea bags
Contains: 98% polyphenols, 80% catechins, 50% EGCG 100% organic Japanese matcha powder Japanese matcha and green tea leaves, Garcinia Cambogia and Cinnamon

Green Tea Reviews

#1 Green Tea Extract Supplement by Zhou Nutrition

Zhou Nutrition’s Green Tea Extract Supplement is our Editors Choice for the best weight loss green tea. It helps you maintain a healthy weight while providing a gentle boost in energy and enhancing your immune system.

It’s manufactured in an FDA registered facility. Its gluten, soy, and GMO free, and is 100% natural. It has earned the Good Manufacturing Product seal of approval for its consistency in quality.

Each capsule includes 250 mg of EGCG, which is the active component of green tea.

Green tea has less concentration of caffeine than coffee. This product contains 15% caffeine which is equivalent to about 1/6 of a cup of coffee. For those with caffeine-sensitivity, we can tell you that we experienced no caffeine-related jitters when testing this extract.

This supplement comes in capsules, 120 per bottle. Suggested dosing is 1-2 capsules per day.

#2 Benevolent Nourishment – Green Tea Extract

Benevolent Nourishment has developed a winner with their Green Tea Extract. It’s 100% organic and GMP and Kosher certified plus there are no GMOs of any kind in this green tea extract.

Being pack with antioxidants and mixed with your favorite drink, it will not only help you lose weight by helping curb your appetite but also improve your immune system keeping you healthier.

Especially helpful during the cold and flu season!

Benevolent Nourishment products are made in the USA to maintain strict quality control over the product, plus all ingredients in the extract are vegetarian.

With 50% concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) it packs a potent punch of antioxidants! With a serving size of 30 drops or 1 milliliter, a bottle should last you almost two months. (assuming one serving per day)

If your looking for the best green tea extract, Benevolent Nourishment is a good choice!

#3 Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics

Green tea in tea bag form is prepared by steeping the dried leaves of the plant. In contrast, matcha powder, which is also derived from plant’s leaves but ground into a powder.

It delivers over 130x more antioxidants than drinking brewed green tea. Matcha powder is produced from the leaves, minus the stems and veins.

The versatility of green tea matcha is appealing. Because it comes in powder form, it can be used in baking, smoothies, shakes and other beverages.

Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics is culinary grade, meaning it’s intended to be added to foods. This form of preparation is preferred because of culinary grade’s slight bitterness; whereas its counterpart, ceremonial grade matcha, is intended to be enjoyed on its own.

Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics is, as its name suggests, 100% organic. In addition to being organic, it’s also vegan and GMO- and gluten-free. There are no additives in this product and this Japanese-grade matcha powder is sourced from China.

Kiss Me Organics products come with a 100% money-back guarantee on all purchases and a recipe book is included.

We really enjoyed treating ourselves to Kiss Me Organic’s culinary grade green tea matcha powder. It mixed in well with our smoothies and we didn’t notice any bitterness, and we certainly liked the gentle energy boost we got.

We found the Kiss Me Organics to be the best matcha green tea powder!

#4 Ceremonial Matcha – Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder

This ceremonial-grade matcha powder by Kiss Me Organics is a similar to its culinary-grade counterpart; however, the ceremonial grade is far superior. It is the highest-grade matcha powder available on the market.

What makes ceremonial grade matcha so sought after?

First, its flavor is more delicate and subtle. It has a fine texture and is easily recognized by its brilliant green color.

Ceremonial grade matcha is made from the most tender leaves of the plant. Ceremonial grade matcha is suitable for enjoying on its own. When added to hot water it creates a thick, flavorful beverage.

Kiss Me Organic’s Matcha Green Tea Powder is also organic and is sourced directly from Japan. It comes with a money-back guarantee.

We really enjoyed trying this high-quality product. It had a smooth and slightly earthy flavor. We tried it out in our smoothies but preferred drinking it as a hot beverage.

We noticed increased energy and attention, much like coffee but without the jitters, that sometimes accompanies large doses of caffeine. We felt this was the best matcha tea for a bargain price!

#5 The Republic Of Tea Lean Green Supergreen Tea

This weight-loss diet tea comes in tea bags and is prepared by steeping in hot water, just like the traditional tea you’re used to. It consists of a combo blend of organic matcha powder and organic green tea leaves.

This popular tea includes organic Garcinia Cambogia, which is an Asian citrus fruit, and organic cinnamon, both which work as appetite suppressants.

Not only does this tea promote health, energy, mental focus, and a healthy metabolism, the fresh green tea flavor is motivating enough to enjoy a piping hot cup regularly.

The product is organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher. Each attractive canister comes with 36 unbleached tea bags. Like other green tea products, one serving has about the equivalent of ¼ cup of coffee. It’s ingredients are sourced worldwide.

We recommend this The Republic Of Tea’s Lean Green Supergreen Tea without hesitation. It’s also great when prepared as a refreshing iced tea for those hot summer days.

If your looking for the best green tea bags, The Republic Of Tea Lean Green Supergreen Tea is for you!

How to Choose the Best Green Tea for Weight Loss

  • Green Tea Supplements
  • Loose Leaf Green Tea or Tea Bags
  • Green Tea Matcha Powders
  • Health Benefits
  • FAQs For Green Tea

Given all the options, how do you select the best product for your individual needs and preferences? Here are some things to consider that may help you decide.

Supplements

Zhou Nutrition – Green Tea Extract Supplement with EGCG

Green tea extract in capsule form may be the best option for you if you don’t care for the earthy flavor of green tea.

The extract form of green tea is usually an isolated form of one or more of the elements that contain EGCG. Taking green tea extract in capsule form will provide much more EGCG than by drinking the tea alone.

If the idea of extra health benefits is appealing to you, you should consider taking green tea extract in combination with other health-supporting ingredients such as the Zhou Nutrition – Green Tea Extract Supplement reviewed above.

Loose Leaf Green Tea or Tea Bags

The Republic Of Tea Lean Green Supergreen Tea

Of course, then there are those who aren’t keen on the idea of taking pills. If the idea of swallowing a pill to get the benefits of green tea is a turn-off and you enjoy the flavor of green tea, consider drinking the product by steeping tea bags or in loose leaf form.

If finances are of concern, enjoying green tea by way of tea bags or loose leaf is probably your best bet. You will still get some benefit to your mental and physical health without having to break the bank.

Matcha Powder

Green tea macha powder

Green tea matcha powder is probably a good fit for you if you enjoy green tea’s flavor and want a more potent and concentrated source of all the benefits it offers.

As mentioned above, the culinary grade can be a bit bitter; therefore, it’s best to use as an additive in baked goods or a drink like a smoothie or shake.

Finally, if you love the rich, earthy flavor of green tea but want to avoid the bitterness that is associated with culinary grade and you are into treating yourself to the highest quality product you can buy, it’s worth giving ceremonial-grade green tea matcha powder a try.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has been shown to have a variety of health benefits. It supports cardiovascular health by decreasing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol. It’s been shown to boost the working-memory area of the brain.

Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that fight cancer and overall prevent cell damage. Theanine, an element found in green tea, can provide a calming effect.

These are only a few of the health benefits of green tea. Regular use of green tea lowers the overall risk of mortality in women.

Finally, here are some tips to get the most benefit and enjoyment from green tea:

Steeping green tea – If you decided to enjoy green tea in a teabag, avoid using boiling water, as it can damage the naturally occurring antioxidants.

Storage – Store your green tea products in well-sealed, dark containers, as they will lose their aromatic oils with exposure to the light and air. Consider enjoying your cup of steeped tea with a slice of lemon. The vitamin C helps your body absorb beneficial catechins.

In the end, the choice is yours whether to go with tea bags, liquid extracts or powdered green tea. Forget an apple a day, use green tea every day to keep the doctor away!

FAQs For Green Tea Health Benefits

Q: How does green tea increase your metabolism?

A: Results from a small study out of the University of Geneva in Switzerland support the claim that green tea does, indeed, boost your metabolism. The researchers found that green tea has “thermogenic”, or fat-burning properties.

Thermogenesis refers to the energy expended during the process of eating, digesting, and absorbing the nutrients in food. In short, taking green tea supplements helps you burn more calories while you eat.

Q: How much green tea should I take to lose weight?

A: In the above-mentioned study, participants took 50 mg of caffeine per day in the form of a green tea supplement. A control group took 50 mg of caffeine sourced from other substances. Researchers found that caffeine from an alternate source did not produce the same result as caffeine from green tea.

So, how do you figure out how much green tea to take per day in order to equal 50 mg of caffeine? When deciding upon a supplement, check the bottle for specifics related to quantity of green tea.

You would need to take approximately 780 mg of green tea extract daily to ensure you’re getting 50 mg of caffeine per day, or as an equivalent, drink 2- 8 oz. cups of green tea per day.

Q: What other health benefits does green tea have?

A: Lowers Cholesterol – Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins. The intake of green tea catechins was associated with a reduction in overall cholesterol as well as LDL, which is considered a “bad” cholesterol. High LDL levels are associated with increased risk of cardiac disease due to the potential for blood clots.

Lowers Blood Pressure – Catechins also work to combat high blood pressure as well. While research hasn’t clearly identified how much green tea you need to take in order to benefit from this effect, a review of the literature suggests around three or four cups per day is ideal.

Prevention of Diabetes – High blood sugar levels are associated with Diabetes 2 and green tea helps to prevent developing this disease through supporting cells in metabolizing sugar . A Japanese study showed that those who drank green tea regularly (6 cups or more) had a 33% reduced risk of developing diabetes.

Cancer Prevention – Research suggests that green tea can help prevent cancer through its high antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect cells from DNA damage. They also inhibit the growth of cells which can eventually become tumors. In addition, antioxidants help the body’s own enzymes detoxify our systems.

In terms of skin cancer, specifically, the antioxidants in green tea are believed to protect skin from UV damage.

Q: What are the mental health benefits of green tea?

A: A study of over 2,000 individuals over 70 years old showed that drinking green tea improved their cognitive performance. In addition to improved cognitive performance, studies have shown that higher levels of green tea consumption by elderly individuals is associated with fewer symptoms of depression.

Green tea contains a substance called EGCG. EGCG has been shown to protect the brain from the formation of plaques which lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers were able to see increased brain activity through MRI in those who were given a green tea-based beverage.

L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, has been associated with creating a state of ‘calm awareness’. This, mixed with its caffeine content, is responsible for individuals reporting an increase in alertness without the jitters than can afflict coffee drinkers.

I hope this guide was helpful for finding the best green tea for weight loss to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a green tea I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.

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The 5 Best Matcha Green Tea Powders (Our 2020 Review)

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Curious about including matcha in your diet?

Recently, matcha has been lending its bright-green hue to donuts, lattes, and pancakes.

Matcha is powdered green tea produced in Japan and China. It is stone-ground, and has a long association with the Japanese tea ceremony and the tranquility of Zen.

You’ve probably heard that tea is a very healthy beverage—and green tea has even more health benefits than black tea. Matcha is considered the most healthful drink of them all, courtesy of the special process used when making matcha tea.

When you drink tea, you enjoy the healthful benefits that the tea leaves impart on the water after the leaves have been discarded. With matcha, however, you are drinking the entire leaf.

The whole world currently seems focused on matcha’s health-boosting benefits. In this post, we’ve reviewed the five best matcha green tea powders, based on how they are consumed.

But before we introduce the top products in these categories, let’s talk about why you need the healthful benefits of matcha, and what things you need to consider when selecting your matcha.

Don’t have time to read this entire matcha green tea review?

If you’re a busy person who doesn’t have time to read this entire review, we’ve simplified everything for you. Here is a table to show you a quick rating of the best matcha green tea powders.

Best choiceBest choiceOrganifi Green Juice

Best for green smoothies and culinary needsBest for green smoothies and culinary needsJade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder

Best traditional matcha green teaBest traditional matcha green teaKiss Me Organics Ceremonial Matcha

Best in flavorBest in flavorMidori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha – Gold Class

Best texture and flavorBest texture and flavorEncha Ceremonial Organic Matcha

Why Do You Need the Health Benefits Of Matcha?

Your cells are often damaged by free radicals due to stress, which can lead to ailments such as cancer, atherosclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and more. An accumulation of free radical damage has also been linked to accelerated aging. Free radicals can start a chain reaction of negative impacts to your health, but this can be mitigated by the consumption of matcha.

Additionally, people with heart disease usually cannot consume coffee because of the negative side effects on the functioning of their hearts. Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee can increase one’s chances of suffering a heart attack, and researchers have also found that coffee can increase blood pressure and possibly cause cardiac arrhythmias.

So what are people supposed to do if they have heart disease but need a boost during the day, or have a job that requires them to be alert? These people need a healthier substitute for other types of stimulants that they might use. Plus matcha provides you with a stable level of increased energy and mental clarity.

People can benefit from a wide variety of beverages for refreshment, but matcha tea benefits are especially significant because the drink is low in sugar and loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients, such as chlorophyll, l-theanine, and catechins.

Taking matcha can help address the issues mentioned above in the following ways:

Matcha contains high levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of antioxidant that fights cancer and promotes a healthy heart. In fact, matcha offers 137 times the amount of antioxidants that regular green tea does.

It also promotes heightened alertness due to its caffeine content, but without the buzz or negative side effects of coffee. Matcha doesn’t raise your heart rate or blood pressure. Additionally, the l-theanine contained in matcha can help improve your memory and mental capabilities without the possible side effects from caffeine. In other words, a cup of matcha can increase your concentration and mental clarity without adding the nervous energy that can be found in coffee.

Matcha tea benefits are especially significant because the drink is low in sugar and loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients

When it comes to free radicals, matcha protects your cells from oxidative damage and strengthens your immune system. The antioxidants found in matcha negate the harmful effects of free radicals that you are exposed to through pollution, UV rays, and chemicals, which often lead to cell and DNA damage. Because more than 60% of the catechins in matcha are EGCg, drinking matcha regularly can help restore and preserve your body.

Consuming matcha supports brain function by improving memory, attention, and reaction time. Matcha’s l-theanine increases alpha waves in the brain, allowing it to work more effectively. Studies have also shown that matcha has beneficial effects on one’s psychological function, and can improve work performance and creativity.

Matcha contains EGCG, which is a thermogenic component known to boost metabolism. Because you don’t discard the tea leaves when drinking matcha, you consume all of their healthy nutrients. And by giving your metabolism a boost, matcha also helps promote weight loss.

Now that you know how drinking matcha can benefit your health, let’s look at the things you should keep in mind when shopping for your matcha.

What Are the Things You Need to Look for When Choosing Your Matcha?

The matcha must be stone ground in cold temperatures. Heat can ruin the quality of matcha. Matcha looks and feels like a fine powder, unlike your typical loose-leaf tea. The texture of the powder can reveal the quality of the product, because high-quality matcha will be silky like baby powder. A lower-quality product will be more granular and coarse.

The place is essential. Matcha harvested and made in Japan is usually of better quality than the matcha made in China. Further, there are two regions in Japan that are widely known to produce the best matcha: Nishio and Uji. These two cities account for 80% of all the matcha that is currently produced in Japan.

Look at the label before buying matcha. If it’s referred to as “powdered green tea,” it is likely a low-grade product. If you see “Chinese matcha,” you can assume it’s junk. Look only for products originating in southern Japan, which is the modern heartland of matcha production.

Do not choose a very cheap brand. Pricier matcha is usually made from premium ingredients. Look for a product that costs over $2 per gram so you are assured that you are getting a high-quality product. Remember, you get what you pay for. Yes, you can buy 100 grams of matcha for $15, but you will notice the difference.

Light and moisture can ruin the quality of matcha. Choose a brand that’s stored in a container that blocks out light and moisture. Matcha is similar to a live product, so if it is simply stored in a bag or in foil, it won’t be properly preserved. You want to find a matcha that comes in a resealable container, such as a tin. This airtight packaging will prevent oxidation and preserve quality.

Speaking of color, your matcha should be closer to electric green than yellow. The greener, the better. Because matcha is grown in the shade, the tea leaves have to overproduce chlorophyll, giving it a bright green color. Alternatively, low-quality matcha tends to be made from old leaves or leaves that haven’t been properly shaded, therefore giving them a yellowish/brownish color.

Pricier matcha is usually made from premium ingredients. Look for a product that costs over $2 per gram so you are assured that you are getting a high-quality product.

The flavor should have a hint of sweetness, and no bitterness. If you aren’t a fan of the taste of matcha, you may not have tried a quality product yet. It should have a balance of natural sweetness and a vegetal tea flavor, which should taste clean and smooth. If your matcha is chalky or bitter, it is probably low-grade.

When buying matcha made in Japan, make sure that it has been cultivated away from radioactive areas such as Fukushima (the site of a nuclear disaster). In recent years, samples of matcha that were imported from Chiba, which is just southeast of Tokyo, had traces of radioactive cesium 137 in them. Because this was not the first discovery of its kind, it is best to stay away from matcha that originated in this area.

Choose 100% organic to avoid ingesting lead and other toxic chemicals. Because you are ingesting whole leaves when you drink matcha, you should treat it as you would any other fruit or vegetable that you eat, and choose organic. Because the leaves are grown above ground, they have the possibility of being exposed to a variety of chemicals.

Say no to “instant” matcha powders. These contain a lot of unhealthy additives, and the quality is questionable. If the powder is instant, it will say so on the packaging—but you will also be able to tell by looking at the product. The color will not the be bright green that you are looking for, and the powder will not be the fine texture that high-quality matcha is.

You now have a solid grasp on what you are looking for in matcha. Let’s look at five of the best products on the market today.

The 5 Best Matcha Green Tea Powders

1. Organifi Green Juice

Organifi Green Juice

This option is the best for overall health. It contains a blend of healthy ingredients so you reap the benefits from the matcha tea, as well as 10 other ingredients that are classified as being superfoods. This organic product is gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and made without GMOs. Not only will this matcha powder help flush the toxins from your body, it will also give you healthier and younger-looking hair, skin, and nails.

The superfood ingredients in this powder (aside from matcha) include spirulina, chlorella, morninga, mint, beets, wheatgrass, ashwagandha, turmeric, coconut water, and lemon. Together, these ingredients work to boost your health and mental clarity while also improving your immune system. It comes in an easy-to-make, gently dried drink mix that will save you time in the morning because there is no need to mix multiple ingredients in with this powder.

PROS

  • Best for overall health.
  • Great taste and texture.
  • Convenient.

CONS

  • High price.
  • Some users don’t notice an increase in their energy.

2. Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder

Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder

This is the best option for people looking for a matcha powder to use in green smoothies and for other culinary needs. It has an authentic Japanese origin and is mainly sourced from the Uji region, which is on the southeast border of Kyoto and known to be the premiere matcha-growing area of Japan.

This product is 100% USDA-certified organic, which is rare, yet it is still offered at a fair price. The tea leaves that are used for this product are shade-grown for about four weeks before they are harvested in order to ensure a high nutrient content. After the stems and veins are removed from the leaves, the leaves are stone-ground into a fine powder, which maintains the nutritional integrity of the product.

This matcha is packed in an airtight, high-quality packaging that seals out UV light to prevent oxidation. Finally, the product is tested in a lab (in addition to its farm of origin) to ensure purity and potency.

This matcha is culinary grade, which makes it the best matcha powder for smoothies. You can use this matcha as an affordable way to add a healthy boost to your smoothies, lattes, and even baked goods. Here is a popular matcha green tea smoothie recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 tsps matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Blend ingredients together until they are fully incorporated, and enjoy!

Culinary-grade matcha is different from a ceremonial-grade product because it is from later harvest tea leaves, which gives it a bolder flavor. On the other hand, ceremonial-grade matcha is made out of the leaves from the first harvest, giving it a smoother flavor that is more suitable for being made into a tea, and is also more expensive.

PROS

  • Users notice jitter-free energy.
  • Great to use in recipes.
  • 100% certified organic.

CONS

  • Some people do not like the strong flavor.
  • The color is not vibrant.
  • Some people find this powder to be lumpy.

3. Kiss Me Organics Ceremonial Matcha

Kiss Me Organics Ceremonial Matcha

This is the best choice if you want to make traditional matcha green tea for drinking. This premium-quality, organic, Japanese matcha mixes up into a delicious cup of high-grade tea. It is made from 100% organic green tea leaves that originate from the highest-quality tea plantations in Japan. All of the matcha is tested by a third-party lab to ensure its quality and purity, and all test results are made public so you know you are getting a pure product. You will get a strong physical and mental boost from this ceremonial matcha powder.

This tea is a great coffee replacement and is ideal for drinking by itself. However, you can also add a sweetener and milk or non-dairy product. The negative side effects of the caffeine that is contained in this tea are counteracted by the potent amino acid, L-theanine.

Just one teaspoon per cup of water will provide you with a long-lasting boost of energy to last you through the day. This matcha comes in a one-ounce tin, which is a great size to keep with you during the day or at your desk so you can have it available whenever you need it.

PROS

  • Great tasting product.
  • Greener in color than other brands.
  • Dissolves easily.

CONS

  • Some users say this matcha is hard on their stomachs.
  • Has a grassy taste.
  • Some don’t notice an energy boost.

4. Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha – Gold Class

Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha is the best when it comes to Japanese tea makers. It is both vegan and kosher certified. It is made with the finest and darkest tencha leaves, which leads to a rich, smooth, and creamy drink that offers a bit of sweetness. This matcha offers a fresh, sweet smell and a vibrant green color that clearly shows its quality.

This powder is made in a top-notch facility where the leaves are shade-grown and cold stone-ground into fine perfection. Midori Springs only selects the best raw materials to ensure that you get amazing results after brewing this tea.

PROS

  • The production process meets organic, vegan, and kosher standards.
  • Freshly ground and packaged in Japan.
  • Tested by a third party for radiation, heavy metals, and purity.

CONS

  • There is no way to seal the container.
  • The product is not returnable.
  • Some find the taste to be bitter.

5. Encha Ceremonial Organic Matcha

This is the best overall product, both for texture and flavor. This ceremonial matcha is the highest-grade matcha, meaning it comes from the most tender green tea leaves and is ground into a fine powder. It has a bright green color and offers a smooth and rich taste, making it a true ceremonial-grade matcha.

When made properly, a bowl of Encha matcha tea has a clean and refreshingly grassy taste, and a frothy, full-bodied texture that is a bit nutty. The after-taste is subtly sweet, yet vegetal at the same time. Users can add as much or as little water as necessary to attain their desired taste.

Because this matcha is so palatable, it is the best matcha tea for weight loss. You are more likely to stick with a product that is pleasant tasting, such as this one, so if you are drinking matcha to lose weight and want to drink it for the long-term, this is your best bet.

The recommended serving size of this matcha powder is one teaspoon, which is about two grams of powder. One serving contains about 240 mg of antioxidant catechins, which includes 120 mg of EGCG, about 60 mg of caffeine, about 24 mg of l-theanine, and just eight calories.

PROS

  • Best for taste and texture.
  • Fresh leaves are steamed dry the same day they are picked to prevent oxidation.
  • Comes in BPA-free packaging.

CONS

  • Expensive.
  • Some find this tea tastes spicy.
  • Inconsistent between batches.

Conclusion

All of the matcha green tea powders reviewed today are top picks, but today’s review winner is Organifi Green Juice Powder, for its healthy combination of ingredients and focus on providing a superfood drink every day. Start with this product if you are new to matcha so you can enjoy the best matcha powder at a reasonable price.

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This is how drinking matcha will help you reach your 2019 weight loss goals 🍵🏋️‍♀️

thismatchaismineFollow Feb 21, 2019 · 7 min read

As you know, there’s something special about a warm cup or mug of organic, natural matcha green tea. It’s fine powdery form makes it a unique tea that you don’t steep but rather stir in your hot water, allowing all those healthy antioxidants, catechins, and minerals to dissolve into your drink. It provides a rich and complex flavor that’s difficult to describe — botanical, savory, sweet, mysterious.

It can be consumed in many different ways, from matcha lattes to matcha-infused smoothies and ice cream — the possibilities seem endless!

But whether you like to eat it in your food, drink it as a part of a fancy hot beverage, or simply enjoy it as a simple cup of tea, it’s no secret that matcha has some great health benefits!

However, did you know that drinking your daily cup of matcha can actually help you lose weight?

The History of Tea and Weight Loss 📚
You are probably at least a little bit familiar with the history of tea and health benefits. For centuries tea has been drunk for its positive mental and physical health impacts. Tea can help you improve your health in many aspects, from lightening your mood to reducing your risk for cancer and heart disease.

In fact, the Chinese were drinking tea as an herbal medicine long before they drank it as an every day, warm and delicious drink. And that was a very long time before the traditional British daily practice of tea time.

Green tea is usually thought of as the most healthful of all the different types of tea. And matcha is a type of powdered green tea with ten times the antioxidants of regular green tea!

Even more exciting than that is the fact that recent studies over the past several years have shown that tea might be even better for us than we thought! Besides providing all the mental, emotional, and physical health benefits we’ve been talking about for centuries, tea may also be your ticket to a healthier, leaner, and more fit you!

You’ll be amazed to learn the discoveries made in the past few years that connect tea with better weight loss results!

However, before we get into all that, we need to discuss a few other healthy and helpful weight loss tips.

Important Dieting Notes 🥗
You may be trying to lose weight for a New Year’s resolution, to prepare for a challenging physical feat, to get back to your normal weight after a pregnancy or a special circumstance, to help you stay healthy because your doctor recommended it, or any other number of reasons.

However, no matter the reason for your desire for weight loss, there a few important things to remember before you embark on your weight loss process.

First, remember that diet is only half the battle! While it’s important to be conscious of what you eat, regardless of whether you’re actively trying to lose weight or simply trying to eat healthy, good exercise, sleep, and positive thinking are essential to the success of your diet!

Second, remember that everyone’s bodies and physical needs are unique. A dieting trap that many people fall into is thinking that the dieting regime that worked for one person will work for them exactly the same way. However, the truth that science has been learning more and more in recent years is that people have different dietary needs, so the diet that worked for your friend or a celebrity may not have the same fast and dramatic results for you. But don’t get discouraged! There are some common sense dieting suggestions that help everyone to get to a healthy weight, such as the importance of avoiding processed sugar and carbs, eating healthy portions, and drinking lots of water! Don’t be afraid to do your own research and try a few things out to see what works for you!

And, finally, remember that thinking positive and keeping your weight loss diet and exercise routine as good and rewarding of an experience as possible has been shown to lead to better results!

Okay, now that we’ve talked about those three points, let’s get into why matcha tea might be just the thing you need to perfect your weight loss regime!

Matcha’s Heavy Lifting Superpowers 🏋️
Matcha is rich in catechins, which have been shown to positively affect a person’s body weight and body fat mass. These special antioxidants can make lowering your BMI and even reducing your waist circumference much easier, especially when accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Another great matcha “superpower” is in its effect on your metabolism. Matcha green tea can naturally help your body speed up your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories and reduce the excess fat storage in a process known as “thermogenesis.”

Matcha green tea also has lots of prebiotics that support that growth of good microorganisms that may be related to a decrease of bacteria connected with obesity and an increase of the bacteria linked to a leaner body mass.

Plus, if you drink matcha instead of your normal sugary coffee drink, then you can get all the caffeine with no jitters and much fewer calories! Its natural mood-boosting, detoxing, and appetite-suppressing qualities can also have a beneficial effect on your weight!

How to Make Your Matcha to Help You Lose Weight 🍵
So, after learning all these amazing things about how matcha green tea can help you accomplish your weight loss goals, let’s take a step back and consider how to make the perfect, healthy cup of matcha and how you can incorporate this powerful superfood into your diet!

To create the perfect cup of matcha, start with the finest organic, natural matcha (visit our shop to purchase yours!) Scoop about 1.5 teaspoons of matcha powder into your teacup or bowl using a small strainer or sifter. Then, add about 2 ounces of hot water, just under boiling, and whisk until the tea is frothy and foamy or until the tea becomes a bright green. Then drink up!

If you’re in a hurry, forgo the strainer and just make sure there are no big clumps in the powder before whisking in the hot water.

The flavor of matcha tea is very unique and rich all by itself and drinking a cup of it is delicious, but if you’re looking for a different way to have your matcha, try one of these suggestions to infuse matcha into your every day diet!

SIMPLE MATCHA LATTE
Simply scoop a couple teaspoons of matcha powder into your latte mug, add some hot water (about one fourth of the way up the mug) and top it off with some steamed milk (almond milk or coconut milk work too!) for a hot and creamy matcha latte! Add a few drops of vanilla to add extra sweetness if you want.

MATCHA SMOOTHIE
There are a thousand ways to make a delicious and healthy matcha smoothie, but adding a half teaspoon of matcha to your favorite breakfast, green, or fruit smoothie recipe is a great start!

MATCHA CHIA SEED PUDDING
Combine almond milk, chia seeds, honey, and matcha powder to create a healthy seed pudding that’s filling and fresh! Add fruit to the top to add natural sweetness.

MATCHA BREAKFAST FOODS
Adding matcha to your breakfast is a simple, quick matter! Add a dash of matcha powder to your oatmeal before cooking it, sprinkle some on top of your bowl of Greek yogurt, or add to your granola cereal!

MATCHA SEASONING
Add a dash of matcha to the seasoning mix for your next vegetable, bean, or meat dish! It also lends a layer of depth to pasta and rice dishes, as well as more interesting choices such as your morning cream cheese and bagel and your guac dip!

MATCHA BAKED GOODS
Matcha makes a great addition to almost any baked good you can think of. Simply replace a small amount of the flour in your favorite baked good recipe with matcha powder to add some extra antioxidants and minerals to your cookies, muffins, pancakes, scones, and more! Your baked goods will turn out green — no need to worry! That’s the natural coloring from the matcha! It doesn’t take much to add an extra burst of flavor and color so don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite recipes!

MATCHA POPCORN
Bonus suggestion: sprinkle a little matcha green tea powder on top of your bowl of popcorn to add a bright color and a fun taste!

So, however you eat or drink your matcha, remember that it can be a great, healthy part of your weight loss goals!

Matcha and Weight Loss

Numerous studies have been done over the past couple of years now concerning the weight loss benefits of matchq green tea; especially Matcha Green Tea. Matcha green tea assists and literally super-charges your weight loss regime! Why Matcha especially? Because it contains over 10 times the nutritional value of any other green tea (one cup of Matcha tea is equivalent to ten cups of steeped green tea)! Matcha drinkers consume the tea plant itself, not just a brew of its leaves. This allows an exponential increase in any health benefits offered including matcha weight loss and boosting the metabolism.
Matcha Green Tea is one of the hidden “superfoods” that people are still discovering. It is a super-charged version of regular green tea, and it is an ideal product to facilitate natural and healthy weight loss – effectively.
Matcha Weight loss capabilities:
1. Metabolism and Matcha: Green tea speeds up the metabolism, which in turn causes the body to use more calories! Matcha Green Tea also helps to keep the body from storing excess fat; and it is a natural appetite suppressant. Burn more calories, lose more fat!

2. Thermogenisis: Research was conducted in Switzerland about 15 years ago which showed a marked difference in the increase of the metabolism and subsequent burning of calories in a case study done with overweight patients. This process of increasing your metabolism is called “Thermogenesis”, which in effect, means that your body’s ability to burn off fat is literally supercharged.

3. Lose Weight Faster: Replace other drinks with Matcha Green Tea lattes and Lose Weight Faster. An obvious matcha benefit of this plan is to replace the drinks you normally drink with Matcha Green tea lattes; losing weight will be that much easier! The average coffee shop drink contains many more calories and grams of fat than you should be drinking just to get the benefit of the caffeine in it.

4. The Winning Combo: If you are focused on losing that extra weight, then implementing Matcha Green Tea in conjunction with carefully monitoring what you eat, (and the amounts you eat – like any diet plan), are keystone to a successful weight loss regime.
Recently one of the largest Matcha manufacturers in the world published a press release announcing the profound impact drinking Matcha tea has on losing weight.

Here are some excerpts:

Losing weight may be only a tea cup away
For those looking to shed a few pounds – post-holidays – pre-bikini or simply making healthier lifestyle choices; the solution may be found within a daily cup of Matcha green tea latte. A part of Zen Buddhist culture for well over 800 years, Matcha is a fine tea powder that is blended and consumed in a drink rather than steeped and discarded like tea leaves. Clinical research has shown Matcha increases metabolism, offers a huge antioxidant hit and gives a gentle stimulating effect superior to steeped teas.
Matcha Weight Loss:
Investigation is on-going concerning the action of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the antioxidants in Matcha, for its potential as an obesity therapeutic with promising results, said Dr. Clifton A. Baile, the CEO of AptoTec, Inc., and a Distinguished Professor of Animal Science and Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia. Our research has shown that EGCG helps cause weight loss and reduce body fat in mice. There is no magic weight loss solution but, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking Matcha lattes could make losing weight easier.
The Matcha Alternative:
Negates a Fatty Diet: Most of us have heard of the positive effects red wine can have on a fatty diet and its healthful benefits on heart disease. High amounts of catechins and polyphenols (eg. EGCG) are present in green tea, particularly Matcha tea and EGCG has twice as much resveratrol as red wine, making it a powerful weapon towards lowering cholesterol, inhibiting blood clots and negating the effects of a fatty diet.
Control Your Hunger: EGCG is also used to treat diabetes and is reported to have glucose-lowering effects. In addition, glucose can cause a person to feel hungry, and by controlling insulin levels, you control appetite. Try drinking a mug of Matcha green tea latte at the first hunger pangs, and you are well on your way to managing your appetite!
In summary, the word thermogenesis literally means heat generation. Matcha Green tea increases thermogenesis in the body, becoming a potent appetite suppressant and increasing fat oxidation. This in turn helps the body to use fat as an energy source. This means the body is preferentially burning fat over protein.
Due to the potency and additional health-promoting properties of Matcha green tea, it is the perfect addition to any weight loss diet or program. Shed pounds in a healthy and effective way!

How to Prepare Matcha for Weight Loss

When you consume Matcha you aren’t just consuming something tasty; you’re also consuming an array of health benefits. From improving your mood and memory to fortifying your immune system and more, drinking a cup of Matcha green tea is a much better choice than drinking a cup of black coffee or a bottle of soda every day.

But the health benefit I want to focus on today is weight loss. Yes, Matcha green tea and Matcha green tea powder can even help you lose weight.

Matcha is catechin-dense, and catechins increase how much energy your body uses, especially the catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Catechins are responsible for augmented weight loss by helping boost your metabolism and burn fat faster.

So if you’re looking to lose weight, but aren’t sure how you can do it with your major sweet tooth, I’ve got the answer—Sweet Matcha. Our Sweet Matcha is a powder made from sugar-free, zero calorie natural sweeteners. And when you’re trying to shed a few pounds, sugar is definitely something you want to stay away from.

You can make an ice cold cup of Sweet Matcha tea by mixing one packet of Ujido Sweet Matcha with 6 oz. of cold water or 8 oz. of cold milk. But that’s not the only way to consume this sugar-free, weight loss enhancing Matcha powder. The following are some other ways you can prepare Matcha to help shrink your waistline.

Green Tea Detox Spritzer

Satisfy your sweet tooth without drinking a sugary, calorie-filled drink with this spritzer. Made with ice, a lime, sparkling water, chopped mint leaves and Ujido Sweet Matcha, it’s an easy and healthy drink to enjoy on a hot day or after a long day in the office.

Frothy Matcha Latte

If your morning habit is a cup of coffee half filled with sugar, kick that bad habit now! Substitute it for a better energy-enhancer, like this Matcha latte. In less than five minutes and using only four ingredients, you can have this yummy paleo and vegan drink hot or cold. This recipe does call for honey, and honey is loaded with sugar, so make sure that you use sugar-free honey.

Avocado Green Tea Power Shake

If you love avocados and Matcha, then your taste buds will definitely love this creamy and delicious shake. It doesn’t have any sugar and is low on carbohydrates, but it’s packed with antioxidants and protein. It’s the perfect post-workout recovery drink (that actually tastes good).

Healthy Matcha Green Tea White Chocolate Energy Bites

This recipe allows you to eat chocolate without the harmful effects or bloating feeling you get from eating lots of sugar. Made with Matcha and a handful of other ingredients—all refined sugar and gluten free—you won’t be able to resist these soft, fudgy bites, and you won’t have to.

Sugar Free Matcha Latte Chocolates

While we’re all thinking about chocolate now, here’s another Matcha-enhanced, sugar-free chocolate recipe. This time, you’re eating actual bite-sized chocolates. This keto midday or after-dinner treat is bursting with antioxidants, but won’t have you bursting out of your current pant size. Count me in!

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Siobhan Thornton spent most of her life as a size 12 or 14, but after giving birth to her now three-year-old-daughter Tia, the 23-year-old could barely fit into a size 18. By 2015, Thornton was at her heaviest after she had split up with her boyfriend. The single mom soon developed an unhealthy relationship with food and rarely left her house because of her sadness, and soon she became depressed with how she looked.

Determined to lose weight to become healthier and feel better, Thornton found research online that indicated that green tea can boost metabolism and slow down weight gain. So, she began drinking two cups of tea every day.

The 23-year-old mom, who once weighed 245 pounds, claims she was able to lose 112 pounds through regular exercise, a Vibroplate and drinking gallons of green tea, she told the Daily Mail.

Before her weight loss. Siobhan Thompson/Triangle News

“I am certain that I lost the first through drinking green tea alone,” Thornton told Daily Mail. “My metabolism just went through the roof and I hadn’t done much else.”

The Scotland native now weighs 126 pounds. “I was measuring my waist and it was getting smaller and smaller and I wasn’t doing any exercise,” Thornton says. “Green tea is so underrated and it’s cheap as chips.”

After her weight loss. Siobhan Thompson/Triangle News

Inspired by her weight loss, she was willing to alter her diet and exercise plan to keep up her new healthy lifestyle. She has continued to drink her brew while adding three trips to the gym each week and only eating junk food in moderation.

Now that the single mother is at her healthiest, her confidence has grown.

“I used to avoid looking at myself, now my confidence is through the roof and I’ve halved my BMI,” Thornton says.

Drinking tea has numerous benefits to your health as Thornton initially researched. Studies have found that the catechins in green tea can help elevate metabolic rate and increase fat oxidation which helped participants lose weight.

“If you’re a regular soda, juice, energy-drink or sweetened-coffee-and-tea drinker and you switch to unsweetened green tea, it can absolutely be a contributor to weight-loss!” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “That’s because the number one source of added sugar (and therefore, added calories) in the American diet is from sugar-sweetened beverages, so opting for a calorie-free alternative is always best, and green tea can be a delicious replacement.”

But London warns, drinking green tea alone may not work wonders for everyone. “If you’re already sipping on water flavored with fresh fruit, sparkling water, unsweetened coffee and tea, or the occasional diet beverage, then chances are you’ll have to do more than simply switch up your hydration habits to lose weight for the long-term.”

According to a small study, green tea is effective in reducing participants’ body fat due to the tea’s high amount of the antioxidant EGCG. Other studies have found similar results, where drinking green tea may aide your weight loss efforts when in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.

“While a few small-scale studies have linked an increased metabolic rate to drinking green tea (when sipping about four caffeinated cups per day!), the only truly variable factor in your basal metabolic rate is increasing your lean body mass, a.k.a. building muscle. That’s why strength training is key to keeping your metabolism up for the long-term, and crucial to bone, muscle and immune function, which ultimately helps to support metabolism over time,” London says. “The more direct link between green tea and potential metabolic effects? If it wakes you up enough to get your tush to the gym!”

Miranda Siwak When she’s not covering the latest news and trends, Miranda is usually found reading a good book, searching for her next DIY project, or indulging in French macarons.

Does green tea help weight loss?

Share on PinterestGreen tea is thought to aid weight loss by boosting the body’s metabolism.

The processes that allow the body to convert food and drink into usable energy are collectively known as the metabolism. Green tea may be beneficial for weight loss by helping the body’s metabolism to be more efficient.

Green tea contains caffeine and a type of flavonoid called catechin, which is an antioxidant. Research suggests that both of these compounds can speed up metabolism. Catechin can help to break down excess fat, while both catechin and caffeine can increase the amount of energy the body uses.

A review published in 2010 found that green tea supplements, containing catechins or caffeine, had a small but positive impact on weight loss and weight management.

A more recent review investigated the clinical use of green tea to stimulate weight loss in people who were overweight or obese. While it found green tea to have a positive impact on weight loss, the result was not significant, and the authors concluded that it was unlikely to be of clinical importance.

There is a theoretical basis to the benefit of green tea for weight loss, and some empirical evidence has been found to support these claims outside of clinical settings.

However, research studies in this area tend to use doses that contain a higher proportion of catechin or caffeine than would be found in a typical cup of green tea.

It is important to note that any benefits of green tea for weight loss are likely to be very small. The impact of green tea is not as beneficial as other healthy weight loss methods, such as exercise, that have far greater metabolic benefits.

Regularly exercising and eating a healthful diet with plenty of vegetables are highly effective weight loss strategies. Green tea used alongside these methods may increase their positive results.

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