We get your predicament... it has become habitual to head to Starbucks or Costa before work and pick up your coffee of choice. From cappuccino to frappuccino, macchiato to espresso, it's like a language of its own. However, as everyone knows, it is packed with caffeine that can quickly have you buzzing.
That's where many people have begun the move to matcha. This powerful green powder, which dates back thousands of years in its use, has all the comfort of a cup of tea or coffee, with the same promised energy boost, but without the less desirable side effects.
A single serving of matcha (1/2 a teaspoon of powder diluted) contains approximately 35mg of caffeine. While this may not mean a great deal to you, in comparison, a standard cup of black tea contains around 42mg of caffeine, while a mug of instant coffee will have about 100mg of caffeine. If you are more familiar with buying your coffee on the go, you are probably consuming between 70mg and 185mg of caffeine, depending on where you are buying from.
Those who drink matcha often report feeling alert and stimulated, but without the jittery feelings that caffeine can bring. This is largely because, unlike coffee, matcha contains L-Theanine. This is an amino acid known for promoting calmness. It means you can get a much steadier and stable boost that helps to improve your concentration and enhance your mood, but without the rush or crash.
"L-Theanine means you can get a much steadier and stable boost that helps to improve your concentration and enhance your mood, but without the rush or crash."
Caffeine in coffee can also cause spikes in insulin levels and adrenaline glucose, which is where the jittery, nervous feelings come from, and why you get hunger pangs for sugary foods when you crash. Matcha is far more gentle on your system; and, thanks to the phytonutrients it contains, it slows down the way that the body absorbs caffeine. This means you can get the same much-needed energy boost for around three hours, and sometimes even longer, for up to six or seven hours.
Essentially, it does just as good a job but without you needing to consume quite so much caffeine. The NHS recommends that you shouldn't drink more than four cups of coffee per day - and if you are pregnant, you should not consume more than 200mg of caffeine per day. It is also recommended to keep caffeine intake limited to the first half of the day to avoid sleep disturbances. With matcha, you still need to keep this in mind - especially given how long it can last for. However, you can also be reassured that you aren't going to go to sleep buzzing on a high - the perfect recipe for insomnia!
FIVE REASONS TO MAKE THE SWAP TODAY:
1. It doesn't make your breath smell, nor does it stain your teeth!
2. Matcha is known to clear up acne and give skin a natural glow - however, coffee can dull your skin.
3. It's packed with antioxidants - so you can get a boost of goodness while increasing your energy.
4. You can make matcha tea without dairy (nut milks or water are great) - ideal if lactose-intolerant.
5. Who doesn't want a steady release of energy throughout the day?
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