Matcha is made from camilia sinesis leaves, and popular as the healthiest beverage in the world. It has high antioxidant and vitamin, but it doesn’t add calories. Between regular green tea and matcha, which is healthier?
Even though they are made from the same plant, but they come from different parts of the plant. The rods and leaves will be separated by their qualities. Sencha is made from older rods and leaves. They will be dried and packed in bags or pounded.
While matcha is made from the tips of tea leaves that were wrapped with black cloth. Then, it will be steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. These processes make chlorophyll content in matcha higher and it has lighter green color.
But, is it true that matcha has higher nutrition contents? Research from University of Colorodo in 2013 proved that Japanese matcha had Epigallocatechin 137 times higher than Chinese green tea. But, the research was not accurate since it compared high quality matcha with low quality Chinese green tea.
Amazing Green Tea said that tea bag generally has lower antioxidant. This because the leave were cut, so oxygen came into the leaves and intensified the oxidation. And, tea bag is different from matcha, it doesn’t dissolve completely in water.
According to Aiya Matcha, the biggest matcha powder producer in Japan, one gram of matcha powder contains 119 gram of six types catechins, that associated with cancer prevention. While U.S Department of Agriculture in 2007 said that one gram of green tea that is brewed in 100 ml of hot water contains 127 catechins.
While 2 grm of matcha contains 70 mg of caffeine while 2 gram of green tea contains 20-40 mg of caffeine. And matcha contains L-theanine 5 times more. L-theanine is a fatty acid that has benefit to relax body and maintains brain health.