What Is Matcha Tea?

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Matcha is having a major moment. People are using this bright-green powder it to make everything from tea, sparkling tonics, and smoothies, to matcha-infused snacks like ice cream and cookies. The hot health food has inspired a weird cult-like following, as the U.S. seems finally to have caught on to what Japan has known for 800 years: This powder is freaking good for you.

With more than 900 studies on matcha’s health benefits, researchers have linked the stuff to everything from cancer prevention to better-looking hair and nails. It’s also been shown to increase metabolism and suppress hunger, and some research even suggests that matcha can reduce the risk of depression.

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But what is matcha, exactly?

Matcha means “powdered tea.” A cup of matcha is made by dissolving finely ground tea leaves in warm water. Unlike a regular tea, where the leaves are discarded after brewing, you drink the matcha leaves. That means you’re taking in more catechins—antioxidant compounds responsible for benefits like boosting metabolism and preventing cancer—than you would by steeping tea leaves in boiling water. In…

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