Can I use cream, sugar, honey or sweeteners? Will this effect the health benefits?

Green tea is unlike black tea in that it should be consumed straight. In Asia it is unheard of to add cream, sugar, etc. These additives will only add unwanted calories or, with artificial sweeteners, disrupt the delicate taste.

If you add milk or cream a protein-casein binds catechins and makes them ineffective. This  reduces the health benefits of the tea.

This is particularly true with matcha. Recently "matcha lattes" and matcha mixed with juices and other beverages have become trendy. But adding ANYTHING is not good. It is not good for health benefits and it is not good for taste!

 

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