A Dietitian Compares Green Tea & Matcha Benefits | You Versus Food | Well+Good

A Dietitian Compares Green Tea & Matcha Benefits | You Versus Food | Well+Good

November 5, 2019 1 By William Morgan


– Matcha and green tea should be
your best teas.
(happy guitar music)
Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman.
I’m a registered dietitian
in New York City.
And it’s my job to help you figure out
what to eat and why.
Today we’re talking about two of the
tea-rendiest and most tea-licious drinks
on the market:
Matcha and green tea.
So many questions.
Are those ubiquitous matcha lattes
actually healthy?
Is regular ol’ green tea better for you?
And what is the difference
between the two?
In this episode of You Versus Food
you’ll see if you and your favorite
morning beverage are really
a matcha made in heaven.
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Matcha and green tea both come from
the same plant: Camellia Sinensis.
They both have a grassy flavor
but matcha is richer,
smoother, and more buttery.
Besides the differences in texture,
green tea and matcha are
used in different ways.
Green tea is made by
steeping tea leaves in water.
When we drink green tea,
we consume compounds
that are released into the hot water.
Matcha on the other hand is made
by dissolving ground tea leaves into water
through a powdered form.
So, unlike green tea, when we drink matcha
we’re consuming the tea leaves themselves.
Plus: most green tea
goes through some kind
of processing during production.
Oftentimes that means
being dried in the sun
which can deplete some
of its great nutrients.
As for matcha, matcha bushes are grown
out of sunlight to increase amino acid
and chlorophyll
concentration in the leaves,
resulting in a more potent brew.
Matcha, you’ve been playing hide-and-seek
for way too long.
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Green tea is often regarded as one
of the healthiest
substances on the planet.
Although more research
on humans is required,
the health benefits of
green tea likely results
from its high concentration
of Epigallocatehin Gallate
or EGCG.
EGCG is a flavonoid, an antioxidant
that has been shown to
help improve immunity
by stopping replication of viral cells,
reduce cholesterol by limiting the amount
absorbed in the body.
EGCG, OMG!
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Good news, matcha lovers!
Although green tea and matcha contain
similar nutritional profiles,
the nutrients in matcha
are more bioavailable.
That means the nutrients from matcha
are more readily absorbed than green tea
and can be up to one
hundred and thirty seven
times more potent as steeped green tea.
Whoa, I would not want
to leaf matcha alone.
Because matcha is more bioavailable,
it contains a higher
concentration of that ACDC,
I mean EGCG, we love.
That’s right, matcha contains three times
the amount of EGCG as green tea.
That means matcha reaps
those same benefits
for your health and immune system.
(singing)
Mm-matcha say.
In addition to EGCG, matcha also contains
the amino acid theanine,
which may help in reducing your stress.
Bonus: matcha is known
for providing energy
steadily throughout the day without
the caffeine crash we often
experience with coffee.
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Green tea is used a lot
in the beauty world.
It contains tannins which
can be used to reduce
swelling of the skin.
Green tea infused products will have you
feeling brew-tiful!
My love for green tea,
there’s never too matcha.
Green tea can be used to
eliminate kitchen odors.
Place a few loose tea
leaves in a cheese cloth
and put it in your refrigerator to get
rid of those yucky smells the natural way.
Since matcha is a powder
it can be sprinkled
on top of nearly any meal,
incorporated into baked goods,
or used in smoothies for those who want
the benefits without
having to drink hot tea.
How about this recipe?
Mix it into yogurt, freeze it into molds,
and enjoy a healthy matcha popsicle.
Brr!
Like green tea, matcha is used in several
types of skincare products.
Remember it’s extra EGCG potency?
That can translate to skin benefits
like reduced redness
and appearance of scars
and overall skin cell rejuvenation.
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First, caffeine.
Both these types of teas contain it
and too much will get your heart racing.
Hot tip: matcha can be more concentrated
in caffeine than green tea.
Other notes: the tannins in green tea
also promote stomach acid production,
which can cause acid reflux if consumed
in too-high quantities.
Tracy tip: check your
matcha drinks for sugar.
Whether your tea is
freshly brewed at a cafe
or prepackaged at a deli,
keep an eye out for sugar sneaking in.
Also worth noting: bottled
green tea doesn’t have
as many health benefits
as the fresh brewed cup.
During the bottling and
manufacturing process
the tea loses a lot of
its amazing antioxidants.
If you want to be sure you’re getting
all the health benefits,
just steep your own green tea at home.
It’s cheap and easy!
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Matcha and green tea are both delicious
and refreshing drink options.
If you really wanna reap all the benefits,
why not try matcha?
Just be sure to consume in moderation
so you don’t get the jitters,
and watch out for sugary additives.
Otherwise, you and these teas should be
a tea-rific match-a!
See you next time for another
episode of You Versus Food.
You and Well and Good’s
YouTube channel are going
to be a match-a made in heaven.
(happy guitar music)
Ah!
Matcha better.