Cancer diet: Drinking matcha could prevent the disease
Rick Hay, a registered nutritionist, told Express.co.uk one of the many nutritional benefits of matcha is the high level of antioxidants – which can in turn have a cancer-fighting effect on the human body.
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The primary health-boosting quality of green tea – and matcha tea in particular – is undoubtedly its content of antioxidants.
“These include reducing the growth of new blood vessels to tumours which slows their growth,” said James Hudson, nutritionist at Protein World.
“It has other health benefits which include acting as a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier, helping to activate enzymes in the liver that eliminate toxins from the body.”
How you consume matcha is up to you, explained Hudson.
“The health benefits of matcha come from consuming the leaf, so whatever you choose to drink it with is up to you,” he said.
“Milk, either nut or dairy, will not decrease or increase the effects matcha provides.
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Cancer diet: Adding milk to matcha could affect antioxidant potential
A study published in 2000 in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition found that it reduced the antioxidant content, with cow’s milk having the worst impact because it contains fat.
Later research from the journal Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2005 revealed that milky tea caused lower antioxidant levels in the body, but did not appear to reduce antioxidant activity.