Matcha is the morning ritual that fuels your day. And what you put in your body first thing in the morning can either make or break your entire day - From energy slumps to inflammation, lack of focus and irritability.
So here are the three worst things to put in your matcha.
Now we know some of you do enjoy milk with your matcha, and that's not a bad thing...unless you want the antioxidants from the matcha.
You see, cow's milk sticks to the polyphenols in matcha, which alters how well your body absorbs the nutrients, so all of the good stuff just flushes through. This is why if you're going to use milk, we always recommend plant-based milks such as oat, almond or coconut.
Polyphenols play an important role in our bodies by increasing the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which is important for weight management, health and disease prevention.
You want polyphenols in your diet, and our matcha is chock-full of them.
This is a common addition to matcha and especially coffee. Poor quality matcha can taste bitter, so we understand why adding sugar would be a good idea.
However, it's problematic for everything from your blood sugar to your gut health. That's why we always recommend avoiding sugar, and going with a high quality matcha instead.
And if you still want it sweeter, stick with raw honey.
Aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, and acesulfame potassium may be the go-to to sweeten beverages, but growing research shows that they can come with health challenges, and we don't know the long-term side effects.
In one study, the artificial sweetener saccharin disrupted gut bacteria balance in four out of seven healthy participants who were not used to consuming them.
The four “responders” also showed poorer blood sugar control after as few as 5 days after consuming the artificial sweetener.