Oh coffee, how we love thee. From iced coffee to cold brew and all the varieties in between, it's been our trusty pick-me-up for centuries. Karlie Kloss famously thinks "coffee is a gift from the heavens," and we couldn't agree more. But could our caffeine cravings be hurting our health? According to Teresa Cutter, nutritionist, fitness trainer, chef of 25 years, and CEO of The Healthy Chef, coffee increases the stress hormone cortisol. "The caffeine from coffee is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream, and effects last for around one hour, but you may notice you start to crash as the caffeine starts to leave your system, leaving you with less energy and a drop in mood," she said. Cutter says we should swap the morning pick-me-up with a new ritual, the ancient ceremony of matcha tea—and there is an art to drinking it properly.
Why? Matcha is anti-aging and rich in antioxidants to keep you youthful and energized. Cutter says it also has the ability to boost your immunity, control your stress, and even assist in weight loss. "One serve of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea," she says. While matcha has about half the caffeine of a regular cup of black coffee, Cutter says the matcha version is "assimilated and absorbed very slowly (over six hours) giving you a long and sustained energy boost rather than a 60-minute spike." It also contains the rare amino acid l-theanine, which "promotes a state of relaxation" and supports the adrenal system so your body can handle stress.
To read more about the health benefits of matcha versus coffee, as well as delicious matcha recipes, visit The Healthy Chef.
Start your new morning matcha ritual with our tea essentials below.
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Opening Image: Teresa Cutter