In recent times, coffee consumption has skyrocketed and the bean is now more popular than ever. It’s hard to resist its warming and soothing aroma. No wonder, it’s now drunk by almost 70% of the world’s population! Matcha may not be as popular as coffee yet, but it is now trending as a superfood and has received lots of praise.
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Matcha has even more to offer java, and for many it is THE new healthy substitute.
Coffee, like many other foods, has both positive and negative effects. What are coffee’s good points? Coffee beans contain a large number of antioxidants and, for this, is linked to the reduction of many ailments, especially cardiovascular diseases.
A couple of hours after downing a cup, coffee increases the adrenaline level in the body. Adrenaline increases oxygen saturation in cells, resulting in an energy boost. The antioxidants help rid our system of free radicals, which are one of the main causes of aging and inflammation.
One cup of coffee contains 1000mg of antioxidants, ¼ of the daily recommended requirement. Coffee drinkers are said to be at a lower risk of developing liver and type 2 diabetes. Coffee also contains various micro- and macro-nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin B’s and organic acids
So, what are the downsides of coffee?
Coffee’s negative side effects lies in how much it is consumed. Depending on an individual’s nervous system, caffeine affects everyone in different ways.
Often, even a small amount of caffeine can lead to disruptions in the of nerve cells. One of the major negative effects people experience is sleep disruption and anxiety. If you are sensitive to caffeine, it may make you jittery, give you heart palpitations and even exacerbate panic attacks. If you experience any of this, you should avoid coffee altogether.
Coffee also tends to be addictive. When people consume caffeine regularly, the tolerance level upregulates and ever larger doses are needed to produce the same enjoyable effect. Moreover, it is important not to drink coffee during a meal. Like black tea, it contains tannins which interfere with the absorption of minerals and vitamins.
In addition, consuming too much java can lead to over-acidification of the gastrointestinal tract, which can then affect the skin.
Now let’s talk about Matcha. Matcha has been long used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It is a very fine green-tea powder made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant used to make various green and black teas. To produce matcha, the tea leaves are grown in the shade. This process increases the amino acids and chlorophyll in the leaves, which gives matcha its beautiful, bright green sheen.
Matcha is also very rich in antioxidants, much higher than what is found in coffee and green tea. It helps boost metabolism and is said to have cancer-fighting and liver-protecting properties. This tea is rich in fiber and nutrients like vitamin A and C, potassium and chlorophyll, all of which promote good skin health. As matcha is made from the entire leaf, it also contains the same levels of caffeine as coffee. However, unlike the caffeine found in coffee, which is quickly released into the bloodstream - within 30-45 minutes, the caffeine in matcha enters the bloodstream slowly - over a 6–8-hour period. This slow process prevents adrenaline and insulin spikes, so there is none of those adrenaline crashes that induce detrimental stress on the body.
When consumed in moderation, coffee is not a bad drink, however it is in no way on par with matcha.