Friday, November 6, 2015

Midori Spring’s Ceremonial GOLD CLASS Matcha Review

Midori Springs recently reached out to me, asking if I'd review their green matcha powder. I took a look at their website and was happy with what I saw so I said yes! So here's my review.

Midori Spring’s Ceremonial GOLD CLASS Matcha contains only 1 ingredient: organic matcha green tea powder. It is certified GMO free, vegan, organic and made in Japan.

This stuff is GORGEOUS and smells delicious.  I mean, look at that vibrant green color! And it's all natural; colour comes from high amounts of chlorophyll!  You can read about how they get their matcha powder here. I love how much info their website has.

I originally brewed it according to the directions but yuck! Way too strong. I prefer a lot more liquid. My favorite way to enjoy matcha powder is in a smoothie or as a latte!

On this particular day I made a delicious latte. Yum!! Definitely loved the flavour of the Midori Springs matcha and would recommend it.

Here it is compared to the Vitacost matcha powder I had. Whoa.

1. What is Matcha?
Matcha is a fine green tea powder used for drinking or cooking. It is different from loose leaf teas because the whole tea leaf is consumed instead of just the infusion. Matcha comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. To learn more about the production process please click here.
2. What are some health benefits of Matcha?
  • Increase in energy – Matcha is an energy booster due to the combination of caffeine content and other natural properties.
  • Reduce stress and improve mental alertness – Matcha has an abundance of the unique Amino Acid L-Theanine. Matcha may contain up to five times more of L-Theanine than the common green teas. L-Theanine creates alpha waves in the brain to promote relaxation and alertness.
  • Improve metabolism and help with weight loss – Matcha is close to zero calories and helps burn calories four times faster than average. Matcha also lowers cholesterol and blood sugar and does not raise insulin levels.
  • Boost immune system and reduce inflammation – Matcha has the highest rated ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) compared to many fruits and vegetables. Matcha also contains a specific Catechin called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCg). EGCg is most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Research has found that Matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
  • Help the body cleanse of harmful elements – When the tea leaves have shaded sunlight, this causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha acts as a powerful detox machine capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
3. How much caffeine is in a cup of Matcha?
A cup of Matcha (using 1g of Matcha powder) has 35mg of caffeine compared to a cup of coffee sitting at 95-200mg of caffeine. Since Matcha contains L-Theanine, drinking Matcha has a calming and relaxing effect.


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