A matcha made in heaven: Green tea powder and your teeth

If you like tea or soft drinks, you may have heard of matcha. Made from finely ground bright green tea leaves, matcha has been popular for centuries in Japan and is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. as well. It has an earthy, slightly sweet taste that adds a unique flavor to teas, lattes, smoothies and desserts. 

Matcha's potential health benefits

Beyond its taste, matcha also offers potential health benefits. Like other green teas, matcha is full of antioxidants that are good for your health. But because matcha is made from entire tea leaves, it contains more antioxidants than other green teas. Matcha may help support:

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    Heart and liver health

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    Weight loss

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    Brain function

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    Cancer prevention

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    Protection against cell damage

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    Lower risk of chronic disease

The antioxidants in matcha are also good for your oral health. They’re highly effective in killing the bacteria in your mouth that may put you at risk for cavities, gum disease and bad breath.

What about caffeine?

Matcha has more caffeine than other green teas, which gives you a boost of energy and enhanced brain function. But there’s less caffeine in matcha than coffee or black tea, and it also has an amino acid called L-theanine. This amino acid can help you avoid the jitters and energy crash that are associated with drinking caffeine! But remember, too much caffeine can still cause headaches, digestive issues, sleep issues and irritability.

A tasty recipe

Looking for a simple drink that uses matcha? Try this recipe!

Matcha latte

1. Combine 1 ½ teaspoons of matcha powder with a tablespoon of hot water. Stir until the matcha has dissolved and there are no lumps.

2. Add honey to taste. Stir.

3. Add a cup of hot milk and enjoy! Feel free to adjust the ingredients’ proportions to your liking.

The verdict

Matcha offers many upsides with minor side effects. These side effects are the same you’d expect from coffee or other teas. If you have caffeine sensitivity or heart issues, consult with your physician and dentist before adding it to your diet. Otherwise, feel free to mix up some matcha and enjoy!