Firstly, let’s start by saying that matcha tea is a good thing.
It has numerous health benefits, too many to list here. And it tastes good. It perks you up gently and doesn’t turn you into the coffee monster.
Additionally, it looks cool.
There’s lots of reasons to try matcha tea and to enjoy it – responsibly.
But there’s also reasons to take care with your matcha tea consumption and ensure you don’t go overboard on the stuff.
137 times more potent than ‘ordinary’ green tea, it is great to know you can get so many nutrients, so easily.
However, this potency comes with a downside, which is not so widely known.
Here’s the reasons to play safe with matcha tea.
IT CONTAINS CAFFEINE
There’s no getting away from the fact that matcha tea contains caffeine. In small doses, caffeine is not bad for you. In fact, it may even do some good.
But like all things, an excess of it can lead to problems. The side effects of a caffeine overdose can be serious. In extreme cases, it can cause heart irregularities and seizures. However, this is rare.
In most cases, caffeine overload is likely to cause irritability, headaches, thirstiness, diarrhea, dizziness and of course, insomnia.
For most people, an overload of caffeine – in whichever form it comes, is most likely to result in an unpleasant sense of anxiety, possible sweats and a big problem getting to sleep that night.
Fortunately, the effects generally wear off pretty quickly. However, you should always remember that matcha tea does contain caffeine – even if it is less than in coffee.
A standard serving of Pique Tea matcha comes in at around 70 mgs of caffeine. This compares well to coffee, which even in smaller sizes usually has at least 95 mgs of caffeine in it. This rises considerably for larger servings and if you are an aficionado of ahem certain well known coffee chains, it could rise to up to well over 400 mgs – the recommended daily limit for adults.
If you are pregnant, under eighteen or have a sensitivity to caffeine, this guideline will be lower.
IT CAN CAUSE LIVER AND KIDNEY PROBLEMS
Now, don’t panic when we tell you this. But matcha tea consumption has been linked to cases of toxicity in the liver and kidneys.
However, this is only in cases of over consumption and you really have to have quite a lot to end up displaying symptoms of liver toxicity.
It was found that when a sample group of people drank six cups of ordinary green tea daily over a four month period, a number of them displayed symptoms associated with hepatitis.
The bad news is that six cups of ordinary high quality green tea equals about two cups of super powerful matcha.
To be on the safe side, we would not recommend drinking more than a couple of cups of matcha tea per day.
Fortunately, because it is so concentrated you don’t need a lot to get the nutritional benefits of it.
Keep it as a once daily treat and it will serve you well!
IT IS EXPENSIVE
Heaven knows, a decent blend of matcha tea is not cheap!
Although cooking grade matcha is fairly affordable, the good stuff for drinking costs more.
All in all, it’s probably cheaper to develop a cocaine habit than a serious matcha tea addiction!
IT CAN GIVE YOU TUMMY ACHE
In individuals prone to acid reflux, matcha tea is best consumed with caution.
This is because it can cause an acid over production in the stomach, in some cases.
It is worth noting that not everyone will have this problem and for most, matcha tea causes no stomach ache at all.
Tip; drink matcha tea on a full stomach to avoid any chance of indigestion later on!