Have you ever walked into a coffee bar and noticed they offered a matcha latte?
Perhaps you’ve even stumbled upon a ketogenic coffee bar that had a latte with maca powder included? It can be easy to confuse these two amazing superfoods but knowing the difference can lead to exciting health benefits for your body!
What is Matcha Powder?
Many people think of matcha as just a trendy drink that will lose its popularity over time. What some people don’t realize is that matcha powder is a powerful green tea from Japan that is made from finely ground green tea leaves. Matcha has been used since the Tang Dynasty in China and was used during ceremonies. Because of how matcha is made, it has a much higher concentration of antioxidants compared to regular steeped green tea. Because of this, it has proven to be a powerful tea for improving overall health.
Matcha contains 20 times more naturally occurring antioxidants and amino acids compared to regular green tea.
Studies have shown that drinking matcha can improve your overall concentration due to the levels of caffeine. The tea also contains high amounts of theanine that aids your body in harnessing the full potential of caffeine over time.
Another benefit to drinking matcha powder tea is that it contains about one-third the amount of caffeine that is in a cup of coffee. This is great for improving overall energy naturally without cutting out caffeine entirely.
What’s great about matcha powder is that there are many ways you can incorporate it into your diet! One way that is most popular is by making it into a tea by adding it straight to hot water with a bit of natural sweetener. Another way is by using it in your baking recipes, adding a portion to your smoothies, and even making a green face mask!
Although their names can be easily confused, maca powder is very different from matcha powder. Maca, also known as “Peruvian ginseng,” is made from the tubers of a root vegetable that grows in central Peru. Unlike the bright green color of matcha powder, maca is more of a light sandy color and has an almond-like flavor when eaten raw.
Maca is an adaptogen that contains key micro and macronutrients such as Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Fatty Acids, Amino Acids, etc. For this reason, it has been shown to improve overall hormone function in both men and women.
Maca gives those who consume it a natural energy boost because of its apoptogenic qualities. Maca can proactively assist your central nervous system in times of stress rather than deplete your energy levels of cortisol-like caffeine does.
Maca can be used similarly to matcha by adding it to smoothies. Raw un-gelatinized maca can even be used as a flour substitute. However, unlike matcha, maca can be added to coffee along with coconut oil and cacao powder to make a ketogenic latte.
Both of these superfoods have been shown to improve overall energy and mood. They both do an amazing job of gently encouraging health and wellness in your body. Next time you find yourself in a coffee shop, you will be more prepared to understand these two options and choose the right one for your current health needs. Which one will you be ordering?