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      Does Matcha Make You Poop? + Green Tea Benefits

      If you consume matcha on a regular basis or want to start drinking matcha, you may be wondering, does matcha tea make you poop? This may seem like an uncomfortable question, but it’s important to answer. 

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      As matcha enthusiasts may know, matcha can induce a bowel movement now and then, but is there any science to back this up? Will adding more matcha tea powder to your matcha speed up the process? How much matcha consumption will affect your bowel movements?

      What is matcha?

      Matcha is a powdered form of green tea from Japan. It can also be referred to as green tea powder. It has a vibrant green color and has more caffeine than other forms of tea. That being said, it still has more than half of the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

      To make matcha powder, first tea plants are grown in the shade. This leads to higher levels of chlorophyll, which leads to a more vibrant color. The tea leaves are then ground into a fine powder which we call matcha. 


      The origins of matcha actually go back to China, where a Zen Buddhist monk visited to study. He brought tea seeds back with him to Japan in the 1100s to introduce “the way of tea”, a kind of tea ceremony that emphasized mindfulness.

      In the tea ceremony, matcha powder is whisked with hot water, then consumed without sugar or milk. This is still how ceremonial grade matcha is consumed in Japan. You can also find various matcha desserts and treats made using culinary grade matcha. 

      Where to buy

      As matcha has grown in popularity over the last few years, you can find it in many grocery stores, especially health foods stores like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. 

      If you are having trouble finding matcha, you can always try your local Asian grocery store or search online for matcha. Below are a few matcha brands that are high quality and sourced from Japan.

      The above links are affiliate links. I do make a small commission if you purchase through these links.

      What’s the difference between green tea and matcha?

      Green tea and matcha powder are different in a few ways. While they do come from the same plant, they are grown differently. Green tea is grown in the sun while matcha tea is grown in the shade to maximize chlorophyll levels in the plant.

      Secondly, and most notably, green tea is made with tea leaves which are steeped in hot water, then removed. Matcha tea is whisked into hot water and consumed without removing the tea leaves. 

      Finally, matcha tea has a higher caffeine content compared to green tea. While the amount varies depending on the brand and variety of matcha you are consuming, it ranges from about 19-44 mg of caffeine per cup. 

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      Does matcha make you poop?

      There is some evidence to suggest that caffeine has a laxative effect in some people. This means that regular caffeine consumption may lead to more regular bowel movements in some. 

      How does caffeine have this effect? Well, studies have mostly focused on coffee as a caffeine source, but in these studies it’s shown that caffeine may increase gut bacteria variety as well as regulate gut motor function

      Overall, caffeine may have a beneficial effect on the digestive system, but it also may come with potential side effects. Too much caffeine can cause heartburn, increased blood pressure and interfere with the absorption of calcium in the body. 

      Other benefits of green tea

      Green tea, including matcha, has numerous health benefits and potential benefits due to the powerful antioxidants included in the beverage. Below are a few examples of potential health benefits of consuming green tea on a regular basis. 

      Weight loss

      There is some evidence that green tea consumption can be beneficial for weight management in some adults. In one study looking at over 160 women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, they found that those in the green tea group experienced statistically significant weight loss

      Another review study found that 100-460 mg of EGCG (an antioxidant in green tea) led to the greatest reduction in body fat over 12 weeks or more. They also found that caffeine played a role in weight loss. 

      Overall, green tea seems to play a role in reducing food intake, interrupting fat formation and storage, reducing fat production and increasing calories burned. 

      Blood sugar

      Green tea also seems to have a positive effect on blood sugar control. One study found that green tea supplementation led to significantly reduced fasting blood sugar levels, though they found no effect on Hba1c (long term glucose levels). 

      Another review study looked at studies examining green tea’s effect on fasting blood sugar. They found that green tea, but not coffee or black tea, may reduce fasting blood glucose compared to water. 

      An umbrella study looking at the many effects of green tea found that the drink improved weight, blood pressure, blood glucose and blood lipids. 

      Heart health

      Green tea also has a positive effect on cardiovascular (heart) disease risk. One review study found that low to moderate green tea consumption led to lower rates of heart disease

      Another found that green tea consumption leads to improved lipid and glycemic profiles. This means that green tea improved blood fat levels as well as blood sugar, all contributing to reduced risk of heart disease. 

      Another review study found that drinking five or more cups of green tea daily lead to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Overall, it seems that regular green tea consumption can lead to improved heart health all around.  

      Side effects of matcha

      Despite matcha and green tea having many health benefits, there also are potential side effects to look out for due to their caffeine content. Breastfeeding or pregnant women or anyone with a medical condition should speak to a healthcare provider before adding green tea to their diet. 

      Some possible side effects of consuming large quantities of caffeinated beverages include increased heart rate, heartburn and decreased calcium absorption. Some side effects are more serious and require immediate medical treatment. 

      To avoid an adverse reaction, the better choice is keeping your caffeine consumption to low or moderate amounts. You can also try decaffeinated drinks or herbal teas. 

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      How to prepare matcha

      Preparing matcha is pretty simple and quite enjoyable. First scoop out about ½ to 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. To avoid clumps, you can use a small sifter to filter the matcha.

      Add to a small bowl. For the best results, run the bowl under hot water before adding the matcha to keep the bowl warm. Then, add hot water, ideally boiling water. Add as much water as you prefer.

      Use a bamboo whisk or milk frother to combine the matcha and water. From here, you can enjoy the match as is or add a sweetener like sugar or maple syrup.

      To make a matcha latte, pour over a glass of cold or warm milk. Mix together and enjoy.

      Other types of green tea

      There are so many wonderful varieties of green tea to choose from. While you may be familiar with regular green tea and matcha, there are so many other types of tea. 

      • Sencha: A traditional Japanese green tea with grassy notes, a refreshing taste and vibrant aroma.
      • Gyokuro: A shade-grown luxury tea with a rich umami flavor and light sweetness.
      • Hojicha: A roasted green tea with a comforting nutty flavor, soothing aroma and low caffeine level.
      • Genmaicha: A green tea with toasted rice, an earthy aroma and balanced sweetness.
      • Jasmine: A fragrant type of tea with floral flavors, a calming aroma and delicate taste.

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