One of the most powerful drinks and a healthy beverage green tea is something which has been popularised for years now and is known for the various health benefits it comes with from keeping your heart healthy to aiding weight loss and from improving the brain function to helping prevent cancer this drink can do it all. While we all were busy enjoying the benefits of green tea and sipping a hot cup in the morning a new similar kind of beverage, Matcha emerged and has taken over the internet and especially the social media websites. Here let us understand about the health benefits of both these drinks, the difference between them and some quick and amazing recipes that you can enjoy, as explained below by Nutritionist And Public Health Expert Swati Bathwal.
here could be nothing better and healthier than starting your day with a nice cup of green tea along with some honey and a few drops of lemon. Green tea is known to be one of the most healthy beverages which helps to detoxify your body, is good for your skin and hair and is also proven to lower the risk of various types of cancers. Let us take a closer look at the health benefits of drinking green tea.
1# Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
As type 2 diabetes has been increasing rapidly at a very high rate all over the world, an easy solution which helps to improve the insulin sensitivity green tea helps to reduce the blood sugar levels in the body which is usually increased by the body’s inability to produce insulin naturally which is the reason behind the body’s elevating blood sugar levels.
2# Aids weight loss
Rich in antioxidants and low in calories, green tea is a magical beverage that aids fat burning and weight loss due to the presence of catechins compounds in it by boosting the metabolic rate and improving the overall digestive system. Green tea helps to reduce the dangerous fat in the abdominal region by boosting the metabolism rate in a short span of time and helps in reducing the weight size, body fat, belly fat, body weight and the overall body fat percentage as well.
3# Lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases
With heart attacks being one of the leading causes of deaths world wide, green tea is a beverage that can lower the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases is consumed on a regular basis. This light and aromatic drink helps in lowering the lower LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides which as a result lowers the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke hence is considered to be healthy for heart.
4# Helps prevent cancer
Not just by preventing but also by lowering the risk of a chronic disease like cancer green tea helps in reducing inflammation and prevent various types of cancer like breast cancer, prostate cancer, mouth cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer in mammary glands and pancreas, Cancer is a deadly disease caused by the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells in the body is becoming one of the leading cause of death worldwide. Consuming green tea on a regular basis can actually reduce the risk of getting this chronic deadly disease as it consists of antioxidants and is rich in polyphenols, it helps in reducing inflammation and fight the inflammation causing oxidative stress.
Green Tea Recipe
As we now know about the different health benefits a cup of green tea comes with, let us take a quick run through the quick and green tea recipe that you can enjoy early in the morning.
- Green tea bag
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 3-4 drops of lemon juice
- 1 cup water
How to Make?
- Take a cup of water and boil it on medium flame.
- Once boiled, transfer the water to a cup and add honey and lemon juice to it.
- Stir it well and add the tea bag to the cup and let it steep in for 3-5 minutes.
A Japanese beverage that has skyrocketed popularly lately, Matcha comes in many forms and is an ingredient which has various uses and health benefits. This beverage can be found on most of the coffee shops around and hasn’t failed to show its presence all over the social media websites. With high antioxidant content matcha can help to protect your lover and might also be helpful in preventing cancer. Let us dig a little deeper into the health benefits this trending drink has.
1# Helps to protect the Liver
Matcha decreases the risk of liver diseases by preventing liver damage. Researches have shown that matcha supports the liver's natural detoxification process and is proven to control the liver enzymes as high amounts of liver enzymes can be dangerous for the liver and can cause damage.
2# Boosts Brain Functioning
Rich in polyphenols matcha is also known as the brain booster which when consumed on a regular basis helps to enhance memory, improve attention span and faster the reaction time. Its nutritional properties act as a nootropic that helps in boosting the cognitive functions of the body like attention, memory, concentration and motivation along with making the brain work as a vasodilator and makes it healthier by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain.
3# Promotes Heart Health
Known for promoting a healthy heart by reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes matcha helps in reducing both cholesterol LDL levels and triglycerides. The nutrients present in matcha can help in achieving peace of mind, elevating ood, weight loss in people suffering from obesity and the presence of antioxidants, caffeine, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fibre can help to fight morbid illness.
Matcha Latte Recipe
An easy recipe to prepare a rejuvenating and nutritious cup of matcha latte to enjoy its creamy texture and creamy taste.
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- ¼ cup warm water
- 3/4th cup milk
How to make it?
- In some hot water add the matcha powder and mix it well until it turns into a smooth, dark green, lump free paste.
- Heat some milk in a sauce pan and cook it till it gets reduced a bit.
- Now pour this milk into the matcha paste and enjoy.
Difference between Green Tea and Matcha
Although green tea and matcha both are obtained from the same plant but have different brewing techniques, cultivation and preparation methods and hence there is a difference of taste, flavours and even the health benefits which these to have. Let's take a closer look into the basic points of difference between these two.
Although both these beverages have an earthy, leafy, grassy and a vegetable like taste, when compared green tea tends to taste more delicate, light and fresh whereas matcha has a more intense and rich flavour.
2# Cultivation method
This is the thing which makes all the difference as China is the main producer of green tea around the globe and matcha is produced in Japan, even after coming from the same plant both the beverages have different countries of origin that means difference an the type of soil they are grown in and the different climatic conditions as well.
On one hand where Green tea is grown in the sun Matcha is grown in shade.
On a concluding note, Public Health Specialist and Nutritionist Swati Bathwal adds, “Green tea increases metabolic rate by 10%, users must identify and purchase authentic green tea and prefer to use loose leaf than tea bags as tea bags also contain traces of plastics which can contraindicate the benefits.
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