Exotic food appeals. There’s no doubt about that. And when one hears of a food that is seemingly doing super things for the health of people in faraway lands, it’s natural to want some of it too. Right! Matcha, a special kind of green tea is one such buzzing superfood that’s caught everyone’s attention lately. In fact, folklore has it that ‘this’ is the secret ingredient that helps Zen monks live long, stress free lives. But before you take cue and ditch java in favor of Matcha (means powdered tea) learn more about it.
Matcha is apparently an even more potent source of nutrients than green tea. It has only three calories per serving, has 7 times more antioxidants (compounds that that help neutralize free radicals and provide protection against heart disease, hypertension and cancer, and prevent aging) as compared to dark chocolate. Then it has EGCG, a polyphenol that helps boost metabolism, which translates into better weight management and contains a lot of easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar. Apparently this grassy tasting (actually it’s a bit like spinach) also contains five times more l-theanine - a compound induces relaxation without drowsiness - as compared to regular green tea.
To make a Matcha cuppa, a teaspoon of Matcha powder is mixed with about one-third cup of hot water (heated to less than a boil) and then whisked with a bamboo brush until it froths. It is also infused into cocktails, whipped into lattes, dusted atop savory dishes, and mixed into sweets like macarons, cakes and doughnuts. Interested? Then you might want to know that best Matcha comes from southern part of Japan.
KAVITA DEVGAN, Nutritionist, Weight Management Consultant and Health Columnist.