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Giving up Coffee and Turning to Matcha

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Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

If you know me at all, you know that I’m usually the most enthusiastic coffee drinker in the room Lately, coffee hasn’t been reciprocating my love and I’ve been reacting to it less favorably. Maybe you’re like me… Ask yourself:

  • Do I wake up needing a cup of coffee to start the day?
  • Do I get jittery after drinking a cup or two?
  • Have I started needing more and more to get through work each day?
  • Do I get the same energy jolt that I did when I first started drinking coffee?

If you said yes to any number of these questions, then you’re right there with me, and it may be time for a break. During my hiatus from coffee, I am going to spend some time exploring coffee alternatives. First stop – Matcha. This beverage has become crazy popular in recent years.

What is matcha?

Matcha is a fine powder created by finely grinding down green tea leaves. This ensures that you get a more complete offering of the plant’s nutrients, rather than throwing many of them away after steeping. The plants are grown in shade, increasing their clorophyll content. They’re also ground in the dark to preserve the integrity of their nutrients. Matcha contains a wide variety of polyphenol compounds, like EGCG (epigallocathechin-3 gallate,) which has been linked with decreased risk of cancer in humans. In animal studies, green tea is even associated with cancer reduction, and is suspected to inhibit a specific proteolytic enzyme – interfering with tumor formation. Matcha contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but more than brewed green tea. It also contains higher levels of polyphenols than its green tea counterpart. It can be made into tea, used in lattes, and I’ve seen a crazy amount of recipes that blend matcha into baked goods. While I’ll miss my coffee, this is a pretty fantastic alternative LOADED with nutrients that pack quite a health-punch. I’m curious…have you taken a break from coffee? What was your experience – did you use coffee alternatives, or did you simply stop drinking it all together?

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