First question people ask is, ‘matcha – isn’t that just green tea?’ Apart from their source, Matcha and green tea are quite different. Keep reading to find out how it's grown, why it's good for you and how you can get your hands on Organic Matcha Green Tea from Neat Nutrition this December.

Matcha is made from tea-leaves that have been grown in the shade. The harvesting process starts when the bushes are covered to ensure no direct sunlight finds them. This encourages the leaves to produce an increased amount of chlorophyll, which turns them a darker green. They also produce amino acids at this stage. After harvesting, the leaves are laid out to dry before being ground into the fine, green powder we know as matcha.

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So quick recap: matcha is made using the entire tea leaf and you consume everything. Green tea is merely just steeped using the leaves.

So why is it so awesome...

  • One cup of matcha can contain as many antioxidants as ten cups of green tea! Antioxidants are chemical compounds that occur naturally and help prevent aging and chronic diseases – so pretty awesome!

  • Matcha also contains a specific group of potent antioxidants called catechins. Catechins are also found in cocoa, Açaí, and argon oil and are praised for their cancer fighting properties.

  • The chlorophyll, which gives matcha its amazing vibrant colour, naturally removes metals and chemical toxins from the body.

  • Matcha can increase your metabolism and promote fat burning.

  • It's fibre content also keeps your feeling full and assists with digestion!

  • Finally, matcha contains L-Theanine (an amino acid), which is thought to reduce stress levels, increase concentration and boost your mood. So if you’re reaching that 3pm slump at work, reach for a cup of matcha or add a scoop to your shake and you’ll perk up in no time.

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COMPETITION! This December 18th you can win 2 packs of Neat Nutrition matcha for you and a friend in our advent calendar giveaway. Make sure you follow @MindfulChefUK on social to find out how to enter. Good Luck!