How life has changed. I used to knock back vodka shots – I was rather partial to a mars bar shot or two…actually it wasn’t uncommon for me to knock back double-figures! – and now I am knocking back something that helps Buddhist monks to focus during their meditation…
Matcha green tea super dooper powder courtesy of the gang at teapigs – my absolute number one choice of tea-related tipple provider! In fact, you might remember my recent cupboard photo after a delivery…
Anyway, I spotted a shout-out on Twitter calling for bloggers to review something called matcha. I had not long before that tried the elderflower and the apple matcha super power green tea drinks that they make. I liked these. I wasn’t so sure what I would think of a dedicated matcha drink but decided to throw my hat in the ring and offer my services.
And this little lot arrived…
Now, you know me well enough by now to know that I do not buy into ‘fads’. You also know me well enough by now to know that I have been offered all sorts of products to review – body wraps, weight loss pills, detoxes, potions, lotions…all sorts of awful things designed to pray on those – me included – who want to shift weight. In fact, I was offered tens of thousands of pounds for my photographs in return for putting my name against a weight loss pill.
So I do not enter into reviewing products lightly. Nor do I accept ‘freebies’ if I have no interest in the product. I do not and will not promote things that I think are dangerous.
Which means that I have done my matcha research!
First up – what is matcha? The lovely people at teapigs have put together a rather comprehensive write-up about the green powder – you can have a look at that here if you like. In a nutshell though, matcha is 100% organic ground green tea leaves – teapigs, ‘like to think of matcha as a sort of superhero amongst teas, as it’s super-concentrated and packed full of the goodness we need to help keep us looking and feeling happy and healthy.’
Hmmm…I always get dubious when I see statements about something being a ‘superhero’ when it comes to things we eat or drink…so I did a bit more research.
In 2003, researchers from the University of Colorado found that the concentration of the antioxidant EGCG available from drinking matcha is at least three times greater than the amount of EGCG available from other commercially available green teas. By weight, matcha is packed with antioxidants when compared to other ‘superfoods’. EGCG or EPCG is a flavonoid which has an antioxidant effect – its ‘proper’ name is epigallocatechin gallate.
There are also studies that discuss various benefits…although some studies are based on rats – and I ain’t no rat! Here are a few links to the studies if you really want to learn more…
Then the study on rats reported the following: “We found that EGCG [found in Matcha Green Tea]…significantly reduced food intake and body weight…”. This highlights how matcha works to suppress the appetite through regulating hormones such as leptin which produces a feeling of “fullness”. I am never quite sure about studies on rats though…
Finally, a recent publication by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition found that frequent consumption of quality Matcha Green Tea enhances the efficiency of the human body in utilising energy. The research showed that the daily energy expenditure rate of adults increases 35-45% with regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea.
To be fair – most of my research linked back to Wiki – but Wiki is good at times!
The gang at teapigs have provided their own health benefits info too.
There is so much information out there about matcha. I struggled to find negatives about the product – but as with all things, do your research! I spotted something about upset tummies if too much is consumed…I spotted something about staining teeth…but given that I am having half a teaspoon a day and clean my teeth everyday, I doubt I will have any issues!
After my reading I decided to give the challenge a go. Basically, I have to drink matcha everyday for two weeks. It sounds simple. You can add it into fruit juice, on top of cereal, into smoothies, you can have matcha lattes…I have gone for the ‘shot’ version to start with.
teapigs are keen to hear from people taking the challenge. They want to know how great you feel. They have provided some lovely ways of getting your matcha fix…personally, I am avoiding the tiramisu option!
So I will let you know how I get on. They have given me an offer code to share with anyone who buys matcha. However, my offer code doesn’t give you as much dosh off as the one they have on their own website…so go to the website directly if you fancy joining me in the challenge. I will update you along the way – maybe a daily matcha update! – and you can make up your own mind if you want to try it.
I am going to keep an eye on other matcha challenge takers. I sometimes wonder if the placebo effect is something that comes into play…because I know I am taking something good, will I just assume that I feel good?! So I am going to keep an eye on my bias too!
It’s been a quiet day. My coaching recommenced today with my first client of the year – a lovely new client too – so that was fab. I went and checked the horses in the rain this morning…it was a bit grim, so I didn’t stay long. I popped into the shops, made a massive pot of soup, and am trying to get my mojo back as I have not been feeling 100% over the past few days…I think it’s the post festivity comedown. I have some work to finish off for my London client too…so need to focus on that again tomorrow. And I need to clean out my tack room as we have a rat issue there. And I need to get on my bike. And I need to get planning and prepping for my new job.
And now I need to relax with Mr WLB!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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