Questions & Answers
Has this product been used on people with hypo-thyroid with positive results for weight loss and energy?
Matcha tea is actually one of the few natural remedies to help those with hypothyroidism lose weight. It has been observed that Match Tea has reduced the symptoms of fatigue and lethargy associated with hypothyroidism. I have to mention to always check with your doctor before trying a new product, but I think it would be very beneficial for you.
I am new to Matcha, how much should I start off with?
If you are new to Matcha it is best to start with only 1/4-1/2 tsp of the plain organic Matcha at a time. After a couple months you could always increase to 1 tsp at a time but that is not necessary in order to receive the health benefits from Matcha. Just for reference, 1/2 teaspoon is about 1 gram.
Can I premake Matcha like I would for an ice tea and keep in the fridge as a cold beverage or would that ruin the health benefits and/or taste?
You can definitely pre-make this tea and keep in the fridge. I would recommend though making just enough for each day to keep it fresh. It does not have to been made hot first before cooling. You will not lose any health benefits because the matcha tea leaves have been dried. We do this all the time. Before leaving the house in the morning we always make a matcha drink for later by combining water and almond milk intoto a large shaker cup, add about 2-3tsp of one of the matcha blend flavors and shake it up, that is all. Then it will be ready for the afternoon when you get that afternoon lull and need a boost of energy and focus. If you are home throughout the day like many moms, every morning make a large container of a cold matcha blend and drink it throughout the day to keep up with your kids!
Does Matcha contain Caffeine and how does it compare to other teas and coffee?
Yes, Matcha does contain caffeine naturally. The caffeine in Matcha is alkalizing rather than the opposite—acidic. There is caffeine in Matcha, but it releases into the bloodstream slowly. The time of the release varies, but it is not nearly as harsh as the caffeine rush inherent in coffee and energy drinks. This gradual and consistent release provides the body with just the right amount of caffeine over a longer period of time rather than dumping a huge amount of caffeine into the body all at once. Matcha still yields an immediate boost, but not the extreme rush. The lift is far more appropriate to your energy demand, and can be easily regulated based on that demand. Once again, a blast of too much caffeine results in an acidic state that can harm the stomach lining and arteries over time, taxing the organs and disrupting the body's overall functionality. By contrast, Matcha's caffeine has an alkalizing effect, resulting in a much gentler influence on the stomach, which gradually aids with digestion, healing, cleansing. Matcha gives to your overall balance rather than taking away.
Does your Matcha come caffeine-free?
The process of decaffeinating it would actually remove many of the nutrients and powerful antioxidants so no, it does not come decaffeinated.
Do your flavored tea blends contain Matcha and if so how much per serving?
Every bag of tea we sell contains Matcha tea it. The tea that is 100% Matcha is the ones with the labels which say Matcha Green Tea. The flavored bags of tea that we sell (Pumpkin Spice, Chai, Lemon-Ginger and Cacao) all contain matcha tea powder in them. 1 Tbsp of any of the flavored bags of tea contain about 1 teaspoon of Matcha and 1/2-1 tsp of Matcha is all you should have at a time. So each flavored bag is about 1/3 Matcha to 2/3 sweetener (Stevia and coconut sugar) and spices.
Can you mix Matcha in hot water like regular tea?
You can of course simply mix Matcha with water only however it might be a bit strong in taste. Adding almond or coconut milk counteracts any bitterness in Matcha tea. I always advise to my clients who are trying it for the first time to whisk it in a pot of about 2/3 almond/coconut milk to 1/3 water and bring to a simmer/boil. I don't advise mixing it with dairy because it minimizes the antioxidant benefits. If you add pure stevia or coconut nectar (both natural and does not affect the blood sugar) it really helps to create a creamy and delicious treat along with minimizing bitterness. The flavored matcha blends we make are delicious and already sweetened and ready to go.
Why is Matcha tea more expensive compared to regular green tea?
Matcha is a type of green tea but 10 times more concentrated than traditional steeped green tea in the tea bags. Matcha is the special matcha leaf that has been dried and ground into a powder and then consumed whole. Because you are drinking this plant in its entirety you receive every nutrient (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber, etc) that the plant has to offer.
Each 80gram bag of plain matcha is 80, 1/2 tsp servings. Matcha green tea is very different from regular green tea and a little bit goes a long way. You only need to add about 1/2 tsp Matcha per cup of heated milk. Matcha green tea, especially organic, is the most expensive tea to harvest and grind on the market. It takes days of drying and grinding and it takes a very large amount of Matcha tea leaves to create just 1 tsp of powdered Matcha.
Is Matcha powdered or steeped like loose green tea and what is the benefit of a powder?
Matcha green tea is considered a whole food product - the special matcha tea leaves are dried and ground into a powder. This is a powder that dissolves into liquid. Although Matcha is a distant relative to traditional steeped green tea leaves this is a completely different food. With Matcha you are drinking a whole food that is packed with so many vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants and even amino acids that it could literally sustain your body energetically and nutritionally for hours at a time. Matcha, which means "powdered tea", is made from aged green tea leaves which are then harvested, steamed and dried. They are later ground into a fine bright green powder, known as Matcha. It is like eating a whole versus a partial food. Unlike other green teas, drinking Matcha is actually drinking the leaves and the whole tea plant itself. Therefore, Matcha is much more concentrated in every possible nutrient.
What is the best way to dissolve Matcha tea and does it have a strong flavor compared to most teas?
Matcha is does have a strong taste, especially if you are not used to it. I have been drinking it for over 10 years and in the beginning I found it a bit too bitter and strong for my palate but now I am so used to it and have found many ways to make it delicious. In the beginning many find it a bit strong in flavor but once you start drinking it you will find that your body will crave it daily. One thing great with Got Matcha's tea is that their Matcha is the least bitter that I have tasted compared to about 15 companies I have used over the years. Plus, the blends are the best. By combining the spices and sweetener with the Matcha, in my opinion, that makes the Matcha taste amazing and I have yet to find a new matcha drinker who doesn't love it.
Should I mix Matcha with regular cow's milk?
It is not a good idea to drink matcha with regular milk as the beneficial compounds bind with dairy calcium and are removed before being absorbed into your body system. The oxylates in green tea bind with calcium. Drinking Matcha with almond, hemp or coconut milk is fine however I don't recommend soy because of the acidity of this milk. These non-dairy milks do not counteract the antioxidants in the tea. Be sure to buy the varieties that do not have calcium added. Even though 100% of the good antioxidants/polyphenols do not bind with the calcium in cow's milk it still is best to avoid the combination.
Is Matcha Gluten-Free?
All of our Matcha and the ingredients in our blends are 100% gluten-free. Matcha is naturally gluten-free plus there are no fields/crops that grow glutinous grains anywhere near the organic Matcha fields high up in the mountains.
For those with Diabetes, why did you choose Stevia and Coconut sugar to sweeten your tea blends versus agave?
There is much controversy over agave and whether or not it is actually good for diabetics and if it processed naturally. Most naturopaths have steered away from agave and instead recommend yacon syrup, stevia and ccoconut nectar which occur naturally. While agave syrup does have a low-glycemic index that doesn't mean it's good for you. Agave syrup actually has one of the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener — ranging from 70 to 97 percent, depending on the brand, which is FAR HIGHER than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which averages 55 percent.
It is important to understand that fructose does not increase insulin levels but what it does do is radically increase insulin resistance, which is not exactly healthy. It's one thing for your insulin levels to rise, that is normal. You just don't want these insulin levels to remain elevated, which is what insulin resistance causes.
For these concerns and the fact that our stevia and coconut sugar taste so amazing in our Matcha blends, we chose accordingly. Stevia and Coconut nectar do not affect the blood sugar, are low on the glycemic index and they do not increase insulin resistance.
I would like to try losing some weight, as well as gaining more energy. What is the recommended dose of matcha tea per day to help achieve results?
This is my favorite and the most natural product I have come across for weight loss. I have recommended it for over 10 years and my clients have had great results with this whole food tea.
I recommend 3 servings daily of 1 tsp Matcha each time. If this is your first time taking it then you might need to start with 1/2 tsp at a time. The Matcha blends have about 1 tsp Matcha per serving (rounded tablespoon). I drink it first thing in the morning added to a smoothie; about 1/2 hour after lunch to aid in digestion and cleansing; and again late afternoon for energy and to help curb the appetite before dinner. This is what I do and most of my clients do. Even if you can only drink the Matcha 2x/day it will still be affective - I always have it in the morning and late afternoon. The Lemon-Ginger flavor is specifically designed for weight loss and can help facilitate your goals even quicker.
Should Matcha be drunk hot or cold?
The health benefits are the same and are not altered when Matcha is combined with hot water. With Matcha tea, heat does not destroy the nutrients. - unlike most foods that have been cooked. Drink it both ways and experience the same benefits .
What about Matcha during pregnancy and nursing?
We always advise first to ask your health care provider before using a new product. In our research and experience, Matcha is fine during pregnancy but it is best to drink no more than 2-3 cups per day. As far as nursing goes you will have to see if the extra energy boost has any affect on your baby. I don't recommend drinking matcha for the first 1-2 months because the baby may be sensitive to the energy in the tea. Health-wise it is fine it just depends on your babies sensitivities. It is always good to wait to add anything like matcha to your diet during the 1st month of nursing and then add new things one at a time to your diet as the baby's digestive system has matured.
Since your Matcha comes from Japan, how do you ensure that your product is not contaminated with radioactivity?
We definitely understand this concern. We have had the current harvest checked, and because we harvest in the south of Japan, high in the mountains there was very little concern that anything would reach that area. And in testing, nothing did - there are no levels of radiation. Organic Matcha is a bit different than regular Matcha because there are only certain areas that this can be grown. It must be high up in the mountains which eliminates much of the issues. So there is no need to worry.
Got Matcha'sFood Safety and Continuing Supply Statement
Japan Tightens Radiation Regulations
March 20th 2012
Dear Valued Customers
It is hard to believe it has been over a year since the triple disaster struck off the coast of North Eastern Japan. Life in the most hard hit areas is slowly returning to normal but the impact of such a catastrophic event will never be forgotten.
In their continuing efforts to keep their citizens safe from the potential dangers of radiation exposure, the Japanese government has announced it will be lowering its radiation exposure guidelines as of April 1st 2012. Specifically referring to the total concentration of CS-131 and CS-134 per kilogram, the current Japanese guideline is set at a maximum of 500 bq/kg. When the new regulations come into effect, that figure will be cut by 80% to 100 bq/kg, making Japanese regulations the strictest in the world. (The United States guideline is 1,200 bq/kg while the EU guideline is 1,000 bq/kg.)
We here at Got Matcha are just as committed to the safety of our customers. Customer safety has always been and will always continue to be our primary concern. To that end, we have been conducting monthly radiation tests on our Matcha and loose leaf teas at an independent third party lab. We have conducted over 120 tests since shortly after the disaster and plan on continuing to do so for our 2012 harvests as well. From those test results, we can confirm that our Matcha and green teas are safe to drink under all international regulations. Even when the new, extremely strict Japanese regulations come into effect, Got Matcha's products still fall well below the set guidelines. If you would like a copy of our most recent report, please contact us at info@GotMatcha.com and we will gladly send you a copy of the report.