So for a little while now I've heard and seen the new fitness buzz about the benefits of Matcha Green Tea...and it has me wondering about what exactly this magical green dust does and is it really healthy or is it a hoax? Admittedly, I had to Google how exactly to correctly pronounce "Matcha"...it is as it looks Mat-cha or it can also be known as Mac-ca.
Here's a short description from Wikipedia:
Matcha (抹茶?, pronounced [mat.tɕa][n 1]) is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It's special in two aspects of farming and processing: The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing.The traditional Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha. In modern times, matcha has also come to be used to flavour and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream and a variety of wagashi (Japanese confectionery). The former is often referred to as ceremonial-grade matcha, meaning that the matcha powder is good enough for tea ceremony. The latter is referred to as culinary-grade matcha. However, there is no standard industry definition or requirements for either. Different matcha manufacturers might provide their own definitions.Blends of matcha are given poetic names called chamei ("tea names") either by the producing plantation, shop or creator of the blend, or by the grand master of a particular tea tradition. When a blend is named by the grand master of a tea ceremony lineage, it becomes known as the master's konomi, or favoured blend.(For the full write up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha)
So I'm all in...well for now...That is until another study comes out saying it kills Unicorns or something.