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Blue matcha & matcha health benefits

In these social media times of rainbow lattes, rainbow cakes and ice creams, unicorn toast and pink and blue coloured pasta it feels like all you need is either some food die or natural food colouring to fit in. Food that usually isnt colourful nowadays needs to be colourful, however as long as the colour comes from natural sources i don’t see the problem in it?

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Who doesn’t want a green matcha latte or a pink beetroot latte or unicorn toast where the colouring comes from beet root, spirulina and blueberry? Colourful food is usually the best type of food and the colouring doesnt have to come from artificial dyes!

 

So, recently i won an IG competition and got a package of blue matcha tea sent to me. At first i was skeptical. I personally love matcha latte made with soy milk at cafes.. but how would blue matcha taste just on its own?

I tried googling to find nutritional information and benefits on matcha, but it was hard to find any unbiased sites that weren’t trying to sell their matcha tea. But i did find this page with some claims about powdered green matcha tea.

Matcha tea is dried tea leaves which is ground into the fine powder you then mix with water/milk and brew tea from. As it is a powder it means you consume all of the tea leaves and supposedly the brewing of the powder enhances the amount of caffeine and antioxidants leached into the water. However there is no scientific evidence that matcha tea is any healthier than regular tea.

According to WebMD:

Matcha is rich in antioxidants from flavonoids and the amino acid L-theanine. Matcha has been used as a traditional remedy for many ailments over the years, such as protecting against heart disease, helping blood sugar control, reducingblood pressure and even for slowing cancer cell growth. However, in the absence of good quality scientific evidence none of these claims can be confirmed.

No health claims have been approved for matcha or green tea by the EuropeanFood Safety Authority (EFSA), so it cannot be advertised as having any proven health benefits.

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So, there is some information about matcha. Basically, dont drink matcha thinking that you will suddenly become super healthy, but drink it because you like it. But also, having green, red or blue matcha powder is pretty cool… i mean who doesn’t want a blue or green latte? But also you can use the powder to colour different foods which is what i plan to do next!

So…. after receiving and testing the blue matcha i have realised that 1) It is pretty cool to drink blue tea. 2) Add soy or oat milk for it to taste best! 3) Adding lemon turns the blue matcha purple…. but don’t add soy milk after you add lemon as then the milk with “cut” and not mix and just turn into clumps at the bottom of the glass. 4) I wonder what else i can do with the matcha powder!

What did it taste like? It didn’t have any strong taste and it is very hard to explain what it tastes like… it’s just one of those things you need to try. My best suggestion, try a green matcha latte at a cafe one day and see if you like it or not and then decide whether you want to invest in your own matcha powder or not! 🙂

 

 

I got the matcha powder from Blue Matcha where you can see some inspiration, recipes and some FAQ there 🙂

Expect to see some blue coloured foods coming up soon! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Blue matcha & matcha health benefits”

  1. This is all new to me – coloured foods are yet to become a trend here in the UK. We can get tri coloured dry pasta but that’s about all I know of!
    I think the green latte looks great though – I would love to experiment using colour on different foods……
    Have fun with using your matcha – I look forward to seeing what creations you come up with!

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