The difference between matcha and other green teas
Matcha comes from the same plant as other green teas, but there are a few key distinctions in the way it’s grown and produced—and the health benefits.
What is green tea?
All green teas come from the plant Camellia Sinensis and are known for their fresh flavor and health benefits. Most green teas are produced in Asia, in countries like China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia during the spring. All the freshly harvested tea leaves undergo various firing methods to save the tea leaf’s fresh green qualities. Green teas are the least oxidized out of all tea types.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is also a type of green tea produced predominantly in Japan, except in powdered form. While we brew loose-leaf green teas, we drink the Matcha powder entirely together with the water. Altogether, Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than green tea. One of Matcha vs. green tea’s main benefits is that when we drink Matcha, we consume all the water-soluble components and the ones that aren’t water-soluble. While both Matcha and loose-leaf green tea contain Vitamin C, amino acids, tannins, and caffeine, drinking Matcha green tea also gives us a healthy dose of Vitamin A together with some fibers.
Difference Between Matcha & Green Tea
When it comes to physical appearance and processing, both Matcha and green tea are very different from each other. Matcha powder of the highest quality is ground to a powder on stone while green tea leaves are left as they are and processed accordingly. The flavor profiles of Matcha and green tea are different. Although both teas are made from the same plant, they have different tastes. Generally, matcha powder tastes earthy, whereas green tea tastes sweeter. Both teas have a similar aftertaste, amongst other teas.
Health benefits of green tea
Green tea has been used for medicinal purposes in China and Japan for thousands of years, and research does point to some potentially major health benefits, albeit with varying levels of certainty. Caffeine in green tea offers alertness, and research has also linked caffeine to other helpful effects, including a study in the journal Nutrition Bulletin that found an improvement in mood, attention, reaction time, and memory. Green tea is also high in a diverse group of plant micronutrients known as polyphenols, particularly flavonols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, which may account for up to 30% of the dry weight, per a study in the journal Chinese Medicine. Most of the green tea polyphenols are flavonols, commonly known as catechins, which are found in greater amounts in green tea than in black or oolong.
Health benefits of matcha
Whatever benefits we might get from the polyphenols in traditional green tea, matcha seems to offer magnitudes more. There are several catechins in green tea, but the most abundant is EGCG. The concentration of EGCG available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the EGCG available from drinking China Green Tips Tea, according to numerous scientific studies. It’s also at least three times higher than the largest-known value for other green teas. Because you are actually consuming the leaves when consuming matcha, the antioxidant content is higher than other teas, and it is a particularly rich source of L-theanine, an amino acid unique to tea. L-theanine is linked to mental relaxation and may help fight stress signals!
So, as you can see there is a difference between matcha and green tea. However, they are both great for your health and can help you achieve your wellness goals in different ways. If you are looking for matcha-based herbal infusions, check out our matcha range. If you are looking for green tea we recommend our Moringa with Green Tea!