Matcha vs Coffee, which team are you on?
The hustle of the nine to five seems like it would be nearly impossible to get through at times if it weren't for caffeine. The only thing that helps the hours fly by for many people is their morning cup of coffee (or matcha), which gives them a delicious natural energy boost. However, have you ever questioned whether one caffeine source is actually more beneficial to your health than another?
Our mouths automatically drool when it comes to coffee and before we jump into picking teams, matcha, or coffee, let us first deep dive into the health benefits of the matcha and the coffee!
So, what is matcha?
Matcha green tea, which has its roots in Japan dating back hundreds of years, is currently sweeping the globe. Matcha is created by pulverizing whole green tea leaves into a fine powder using the same leaves as green and black tea. As a result, matcha powder retains more flavor and nutrients, making it both delicious and extremely healthy.
If you're wondering what matcha tastes like, it tastes like green tea but more in a grassy and creamy flavor. But one thing we know about this beverage is it's so addictive!
And if you're wondering, matcha does contain caffeine! Compared to a cup of coffee with between 100 and 140 mg of caffeine, a cup of matcha typically has only about 70 mg. However, matcha can actually keep you feeling alert for a lot longer than a coffee can, as you'll soon discover.
Matcha vs Coffee: Health Benefits
Matcha is better for you overall and has fewer potential side effects than coffee, despite the fact that both beverages have their own health advantages. It benefits you in a variety of ways and is easier on the body.
Matcha is the way to go if you want all the caffeine without any of the negative effects of coffee.
We’ve tackled all the health benefits of coffee before, check out: Is coffee good for your health? Know the truth!
Here are some health benefits of matcha:
Matcha contains many antioxidants
Matcha contains potent antioxidants, just like green tea (polyphenols). Matcha powder also retains even more of the beneficial compounds thanks to the method of production, which involves grinding up the whole leaf. In fact, one of the beverages with the highest antioxidant content is matcha.
Antioxidants have a variety of advantages. They can aid in the prevention of certain types of cancer as well as the treatment of various illnesses and infections. Coffee doesn't have any antioxidants and a cup of matcha has about ten times as many as a cup of green tea.
Matcha is superior in caffeine
Caffeine has a devastating effect on the body. There is a blast at the beginning and a crash at the end. The science supporting why is as follows: Coffee causes increases in insulin, glucose, and adrenaline levels, which lead to jitteriness and anxiety.
In contrast, matcha doesn't do any of that. With only a sixth of the caffeine in coffee, it induces a state of calm alertness (25mg caffeine versus a typical 150mg cup of coffee). It just begins gently and ends similarly; there are no spikes or crashes.
How is that even possible? The 25mg of caffeine in a cup of matcha binds with the phytonutrients in matcha, especially L-theanine, in a way that reduces how quickly the body absorbs the caffeine.
Therefore, the "buzz" from lower caffeine usually wears off after three hours, though some claim it can last up to seven. It turns out that matcha acts as a kind of anti-cortisol. It lessens stress on the adrenal glands and aids in blood sugar stabilization.
Matcha won't make you addicted
You may have experienced some negative effects if you've ever tried to ditch your coffee habit, or have had a headache in the morning if you didn’t take in your regular cup of coffee at the same time!
The energy spike from coffee leads to withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms of coffee withdrawal include headaches, fatigue, nausea, and muscle pain. Your body craves more caffeine to duplicate the boost it just experienced because it happens so quickly. You can really tell the difference when you don't.
Fortunately, matcha won't cause you to experience the same issue. If you go a few days without a cup, you'll still feel fine because your body won't become as dependent on it.
Matcha is good for your breath, teeth, and skin
Compared to coffee or red tea, matcha is much better for your teeth. Green tea is an effective ally for routine oral hygiene because it combats the bacteria that cause plaque.
After a meal, drinking a cup of matcha reduces the growth of the bacteria that cause halitosis and periodontal disease (bad breath).
Additionally, it helps in boosting healthy skin as green tea has been widely used as a component in skin care products, drinking matcha is the best way to reap its skin-benefiting effects. Unlike matcha, which has a low caffeine content and other beneficial ingredients, coffee's higher amounts of caffeine may cause physical stress that leads to acne.
Which team are you on?
We're not taking sides here, we're just listing the health benefits of the matcha and letting you decide! But we personally love both drinks! So, which team will you pick?
Daily Dose Café: Your place for both beverages
If you picked matcha or coffee, you're welcome in our café Daily Dose, it's where the magic happens!
Daily Dose will offer you whichever drink with its specialty ingredients! At Daily Dose, you’ll find all coffee enthusiasts, who despise the watery taste-like coffee, enjoying our rich cup of coffee with the magical and chill vibes of El Gouna.
Waiting for you to get your perfect dose of coffee or matcha!