Hi, my name is Georgia and I am addicted to green tea. There, I said it. It’s so freeing getting that off my chest, but I have no intention of changing this addiction because this addiction, unlike a lot of others, has incredible health benefits!
I’m sure you’ve heard of both green tea and Matcha, but if not here’s a little summary of both; green tea and Matcha are derived from the same plant to make a tea for happy humans like yourself to consume. There are tons of benefits to both – both including lots of buzz words/phrases like ‘antioxidant-rich’, ‘fights free radicals’, ‘boosts metabolic rate for weight loss’, ‘polyphenols and L-theanine’ and so on. By no means am I writing all these as if they’re not important (they’re super important and the science behind why these beverages are so good) but there’s already a million blog posts saturated with the same info and buzz words about green tea and Matcha so you won’t be finding that here.
What I want to talk about today is the difference between green tea (bags) and Matcha (powder) that I have found from my personal experience of drinking both (lots).
Firstly, although both green beverages are made from the same plant and therefore have similar health benefits, Matcha is found to have more benefits because it is the full leaf of the Camellia Sinensis plant, ground into a powder, so you are literally drinking the whole leaf and all the goodies that come with it. Camellia Sinensis plants grown for Matcha tea also undergo a different growing process, which essentially is that the plants are grown in the shade, which allows more beneficial compounds to grow in the leaves (particularly chlorophyll). The leaves are also not dried in the sun like ‘normal’ green tea leaves. These nutrient dense leaves are then ground directly into a powder and we prepare them with a combination of warm and hot water to make a tasty Matcha tea. So essentially, you’re drinking a pure cup of healthy goodness, ready for your body to put to work to get more good stuff happening and protect against any harmful things happening in that amazing body of yours.
I’m not going to lie, it took me a few goes to get used to Matcha after drinking green tea for so long; I think just drinking something that is normally clear/see-through that now isn’t just made my brain think I wasn’t meant to enjoy it, but after my second one I was hooked. Plus, the both taste pretty much the same, it’s just the appearance that’s different.
I have also noticed a difference in my energy levels lately too – but as much as I would love to say that Matcha is the number one reason for that, we all know (or at least, we all should) that there is rarely one single thing in your diet that contributes to how you feel. Having said that, I plan to drink more Matcha than I do regular green tea in the hopes that these energy levels stay high because I am loving how I am feeling lately
I still find green tea tasty and more convenient than Matcha as you can just chuck a tea bag in a mug, fill it with almost boiling water and then enjoy. The other thing to consider with the two is price – I have a certified organic Matcha powder which is grown in Kyoto, Japan which I love but it’s priced around $25 for 70 grams as opposed to 50-100 certified organic green tea bags which is anywhere between $2 - $6… So from a holistic point of view, this is one of those health foods that you can choose which option is better for you depending on your values and budget. If you want to get some extra antioxidants (sorry for the buzz word but this is one of the best benefits of green tea/Matcha) and other benefits into your diet but you’re not too fussed about getting the absolute best possible tip-top option and don’t want to break the bank, then get some regular green tea. But if you’re keen to give your body as much goodness as it can take and want some authentic Japanese green tea aka Matcha, get around the Matcha, baby! If you want to get the exact Matcha that I get (Matcha Maiden) with a nice lil discount - go to the Matcha Maiden website here and use my code HLH15 to get some juicy dollars off!
A hot little tip about buying green tea if you live in Australia – Coles has 50 packs of certified organic green tea for $2.30 and Woolworths has 50 packs of Rainforest Alliance certified green tea for the same price… I hope this makes you as excited as it makes me, otherwise this is kinda awkward because I’ve given this hot tip its own paragraph and everything… God, I really need to chill on my bargain hunting + health obsession, I think it’s too much. Is it too much? Anyway, let’s move on…
So, what’s my final verdict on the Green Tea vs Matcha debate? Both are unbelievably good for you, both have their little individualities, but for the most part, I like both of them for different reasons. For me personally, I’ll definitely keep drinking both. Matcha mostly but green tea when I’m feeling a little, well, I don’t want to say lazy so let’s just say motivationally challenged.
As for which one you should drink; it’s simple…
Whichever makes you happier!
That’s all for now humans, so until next time,
Keep finding your happy.