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Coffee Vs. Matcha

nutrition snacks Mar 13, 2018

Hey fitness fans!  Is it just me, or does 3pm always feel like nap time?  Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of taking a nap in the middle of the day.  This means we need to find another way to cope with the urge to catch some zzzz’s.  For many of us, caffeine is the answer to our sleepiness. But which source of caffeine should you reach for...coffee or matcha?  Is drinking these beverages considered healthy?

Here’s the good news: coffee AND matcha are good for you!  That is, if you don’t overdo it on the added cream/sugar/sweeteners.

Before we begin this debate, let's go over one thing:

What even is matcha?

Matcha is made from ground green tea leaves.  It is different from green tea made from a bag because you consume the whole leaf.  This means that you reap the benefits of the additional antioxidants and minerals that you would otherwise miss.  In fact, one cup of matcha can have as much as 10x the amount of antioxidants than brewed green tea. Many coffee shops offer matcha in the form of matcha lattes.  If you’re more of a DIY person, you can make your own matcha drink at home.

So here’s the comparison:

 

 

Our conclusion: Both are healthy! However, matcha gets first prize because of the high amount of antioxidants and slow release of caffeine. This means that the caffeine “high” will last a lot longer and you’re less likely to feel an energy crash. The good news is: you can’t go wrong with either. Happy sipping!

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