Matcha: Does this bright green powder have a place in your diet?

Key takeaways:

  • Matcha is a type of green tea that's grown and processed in a unique way.
  • The bright green powder can be used in drinks or baked goods.


Matcha is versatile, considered tasty by many and is even good for you. There are numerous recipes available to help whet your appetite. You can drink matcha in a steaming mug of tea as part of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Maybe mix up some popsicles for a cool treat that both energizes and refreshes. Or swirl it into your ice cream for subtle flavor and eye-popping color. The applications for matcha are nearly endless. But what is it, and does it have a place in your diet?

Matcha is a green tea that's deliberately grown in the shade to develop more chlorophyll in its leaves. Once harvested and dried, matcha leaves are ground into a fine powder that can be used for tea or in several cooking applications.

Here's an overview of the bright green powder that could change the way you look at tea.

*Note regarding health risks: Caffeine can affect heart rhythm abnormalities, high blood pressure and kidney disease.


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