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

Green tea is unlike black tea in that it is always meant to 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.

There are also negative effects on health benefits. If you add milk or cream a protein-casein- binds catechins making them unavailable to the body. This greatly reduces the healthiness 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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