Is Matcha Better Than Green Tea for Weight Loss and Detox?

Updated on August 14, 2018
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Mazlan didn't think much about fitness and health before, but as age crept up on him he realized the importance of staying fit and healthy.

Why Is Green Tea Better for Weight Loss and Detox?

Green tea, whether matcha green tea or regular green tea, is rich in catechins, of which epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has the highest content. It is in the form of polyphenols, a strong antioxidant known for detoxification. It accounts for up to 30% of the dry weight, a significant amount compared to other teas or other foods that are known to detox your body and increase your immune system.

Based on this report, EGCG will also increase metabolic rate during workouts, hence enhancing your weight-loss routine. When combined with a healthy diet and moderate exercise, it is even better.

Green Tea Detox

In the usual tea production method, the tea leaves will go through a fermentation process. This process will oxidize the antioxidants in the tea leaves. Unlike other teas, green tea does not go through this process and is made from unfermented leaves, hence retaining a higher level of antioxidant.

Hence, green tea with its high level of antioxidant is better for detox, weight loss and protecting our system against the free radicals.

What Is Matcha?

Matcha is finely ground green tea powder. It is made from only the highest quality green tea leaves that are shade grown in selected places in Japan. The leaves are hand-picked, steamed, and then dried. After drying, they are ground into fine powder using a stone mill. This gives a vibrant green matcha powder that is loaded with healthful benefits.

Matcha for Weight Loss and Detox

When you drink matcha, you are ingesting the whole tea leaves and all of its nutritional properties. With regular green tea, you soak the tea leaves or tea bags, and after steeping you throw away the leaves. You are, in fact, throwing away the amazing health benefits of green tea. That is why matcha green tea is far superior for detox or for weight loss compared to regular green tea.

Matcha is grown only in Japan where local farmers cultivate it by traditional methods from growing to grinding.

Matcha Green Tea Benefits

Catechol

The major polyphenols in green tea are catechol, the antioxidant that enhances fat burning and removes the feeling of hunger.

With matcha green tea, you get the full polyphenol benefits since you consume the whole leaves. In regular green tea, the leaves are thrown away after steeping, so you do not get the full effects of catechol.

Catechins

This is the antioxidant that will remove endotoxin, also known as LDP. This toxin, caused by bacteria in your gut, can give a variety of problems including diarrhea, fever, and even hemorrhagic shock. This is important to remember when you detox.

Since you are consuming the whole leaves in matcha, you get the full concentration of catechins compared to green tea.

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is another useful ingredient as it improves liver detoxification. Matcha green teas are grown under shade, using bamboo mats or tarp, gradually reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the plant. This step increases the chlorophyll content and turns the leaves dark green, giving matcha its distinctive green color.

With a higher level of chlorophyll, matcha is better than regular green tea. This also means that the benefits of drinking one cup of matcha green tea are equivalent to drinking several cups of green tea.

Strength

Matcha is ten times stronger than traditional green tea. For the same quantity of nutritional content, you require only one cup compared to ten cups of regular green tea. Hence, better for detox.

Slow Release of Energy

Matcha also gives a slow release of caffeine that will last for at least eight hours. This is important for sustained energy when you detox. Caffeine in regular green tea lasts for up to four hours only.

Comparison of Antioxidant Level of Matcha Green Tea

As mentioned earlier, antioxidants are the important element for detox. Studies on the lipophilic and hydrophilic antioxidant capacities of common foods in the United States show one gram of matcha tea contains 1,384 ORAC units, more than other types of food. Hence, a superior food for detox.

This study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry used the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity test (ORAC), developed by the USDA and Tufts University, to measure the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. See the comparison table below. Higher numbers mean more antioxidant effects and more beneficial to our body.

Food Type
Antioxidant Levels in ORAC units
Matcha
1,384
Goji berry
253
Dark Chocolate
227
Pecans
180
Walnuts
135
Pomegranate
105
Wild Blueberries
93
Acai Berries
55
Verdict: Matcha has one of the highest levels of antioxidant, hence beneficial to our body

Customer Review

If you browse through some of the reviews on Amazon or on other sites related to green tea or matcha, you will read positive reviews on matcha. Any negative reviews are mainly on the product brand itself. Below are some of the reviews taken from Amazon.

"When I first bought Matcha it was to lose weight and gain energy, but that's not all that came with it. I recently got off an anti-anxiety medication because I want to be all organic, so I struggled a lot. When I started putting Matcha in my tea I noticed a difference in my anxiety levels. I thought I was just getting over it at first, but then someone brought to my attention that Matcha helps relieve anxiety. Sorry for the long story but it goes to show this is not a placebo, it really does work."

"I am new to matcha so I have nothing to compare it to. I have enjoyed four bowls of tea so far. They have been enjoyable and very "green" tasting. I have been cautious because I am caffeine sensitive. No jitters with matcha! I'm looking forward to a tasty and pleasant future together."

"While I usually stick to white teas I really enjoy a cup of this matcha tea in the morning. I get a good wake me up feeling after drinking this without a caffeine crash later on in the afternoon"

".. But after one day of taking it. I definitely felt a difference. I no longer felt the uncomfortable bloating I had been struggling with all week and I felt my digestive system come better in sync."

"…had some great reviews, and found that people talked about the energy & alertness they experienced, especially sustained energy. I was VERY INTERESTED!! That got my attention real quick! I decided to order it myself. I couldn't wait for it to arrive & when it did, I immediately made myself a cold drink first. I would say within appx. 20-30 minutes, I noticed the alertness start to kick in. Then the energy! I had a SUSTAINED energy & alertness for the rest of the day! I was ecstatic as I had been dealing with low energy lately even though I eat clean. I also believe that it's aiding in me losing weight and/or inches in the 2 weeks that I've been drinking 2 cups/day!"

So, the next time you are about to drink a cup of tea, think of the benefits of matcha green tea and how it can help burn fat and assist in your weight loss routine.

How to Buy the Best Matcha?

Learn how to buy the best Matcha using the following guidelines:

  • The best Matcha comes from Japan
  • The color must be vivid or vibrant "spring" green
  • It must have the aroma of fresh green tea leaves
  • Tea grade matcha is ground on a stone mill to give a fine powder texture. This process produces a specially shaped powder molecule imparting the taste and mouthfeel of matcha. This is unlike industrial grade matcha which is ground by machines. To try this, check the label if it is stone ground.
  • The flavor is a deep umami flavor (brothy or meaty)
  • It is delicate and can turn bad if not stored properly. So buy in small quantity to maintain freshness. 30gm is ideal.

Where To Buy Matcha?

There are many places where you can buy matcha but I usually buy them online. My favorite store is Matcha Konomi. This is 100% organic matcha tea so the color is not as vivid green as non-organic matcha. It tastes a bit sweeter and not bitter like other matcha brands, which suits me fine. There is no middle-man so you get value for this excellent quality.

Buy Only Japanese Matcha

Before you order yours online, make sure you select the right grade - do you want a culinary or ceremonial grade? Prices vary and culinary is the cheaper grade and ideal for a latte and for cooking. Buy only matcha from Japan, better still from Uji, Kyoto (Japan).

More Info on Different Grades of Matcha

Matcha tea comes in different grades and for your convenience, the following is a brief description:

  • Ceremony Grade—This is the most expensive and is the highest quality green tea powder available. It has the highest umami flavor but with the lowest bitterness. This is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and should not be mixed with sweeteners or other ingredients.
  • Cafe Grade—Made from higher grade tea leaves, it has a strong flavor and low level of bitterness. It is perfect for cooking, baking or special beverages like matcha latte, green tea smoothie or your daily matcha tea.
  • Organic Matcha—From tea bushes grown in organic plantations. Organic tea has lighter green color compared to the same grade of non-organic matcha, partly because of its natural characteristic.
  • Kitchen or Culinary Grade—This is the cheapest grade and has a lower umami flavor and higher bitterness. It is perfect for large-scale brewing and mixed into other foods. It is darker in color and sold in larger packaging.

How to Prepare Matcha Tea

There are many ways to prepare matcha using several tea utensils. If this is the first time you try matcha, don't buy the matcha tea set until you are sure this tea will be in your daily routine.

Let me show you the simplest way to prepare matcha without using the tea set:

  • Since it is in powder form, it can be lumpy during storage. Sift the matcha with any fine-meshed strainer to get rid of these lumps.
  • The traditional way is to use chawan, a Japanese bowl and bamboo whisk. Since we are not investing in this matcha tea set, get a cocktail shaker, or any similar container that is heat-resistant instead.
  • Preheat this container with hot water, then throw the water away.
  • Next, place two scoops of matcha tea (that was shifted earlier) into the container (about 1.5 teaspoon size).
  • Then, pour 70ml of hot water (about 70 degrees C).
  • Shake the container vigorously back-and-forth until you get a nice froth and there are no more tea clumps.
  • Alternatively, a handheld milk-frother will also do the trick.
  • That's all there is to it—enjoy your drink.
  • For detox, drink first thing in the morning, then at midday.

Infographic - Why Matcha is Better than Green Tea for Detox

Have You Tried Matcha for Weight Loss or Detox?

If you have tried matcha for weight loss or for detox, please share your experience in the comment section below. Thank You.

Drinking Matcha Green Tea for Weight Loss

Matcha References

Questions & Answers

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        Lucy DY 

        8 months ago

        I always drink green tea but I will try matcha now. Thanks for these great and useful article on detox with matcha

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        Mazlan 

        9 months ago from Malaysia

        THY, you must. Even though it cost more, it is worth the money. Buy the cheaper matcha and once you get used to the flavor, you can move up to the better grade matcha.

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        THY 

        9 months ago

        I have tried green tea but not matcha. After reading this interesting article I am now tempted to try.

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        Mazlan 

        12 months ago from Malaysia

        Hi, Dora. You should give it a try. A simple intro to matcha can be via Starbucks Macha Lemonade or Green Tea Latte. This is not the real stuff but a good start to try before buying matcha powder.

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        Dora Weithers 

        12 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for the introduction to matcha tea, and for all the information your article provides. Never heard of it before. Very helpful.

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