01 Jun '12, 3pm

The health benefits of matcha tea

The health benefits of matcha tea

As Americans have shown more interest in alternative health care, certain foods and beverages have gained attention. Whether it is quinoa, kale, green tea, grass-fed beef or goji berries, scientific studies are investigating the value of ancient foods and husbandry practices. Science is always a few thousand years behind tradition. As a tea lover, I have enjoyed reading some of the research on the health benefits of tea, a topic that is far from exhausted. One special tea is the Japanese matcha tea. All tea comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a white-flowering evergreen. The different processing of the leaves gives you green, black and oolong teas. As the tea leaves start to oxidize and ferment, they gain distinct flavors and aromas. Matcha isn’t fermented (oxidized) at all, but rather steamed immediately and ground into a powder. This powder is then whisked into h...

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