The 5 Shockingly Wonderful Truths About Giving Matcha Tea To Kids - Teaologists

Should our Children Drink Matcha Tea?

by Drew Richardson September 25, 2015

Should our Children Drink Matcha Tea?

“The greatest wealth is health” Virgil (Roman Poet)

As parents, we always want the best for our children; their food is no exception. We are always looking for foods that are healthy AND taste good to them. 

So how about Matcha Tea?

Here are some little-known, but shockingly wonderful truths about this incredible tea…

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Why’s Matcha Tea so good for my kids?

Matcha green tea is a perfect warm treat for kids, and a zero-sugar alternative to canned juice. It can improve your child’s oral health and keep them heart-healthy. Rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll and a huge disease-fighting amino acid named L-Theanine, Matcha tea can also keep your children away from flu and cavities – the two greatest woes of every kid everywhere.

That’s great – but what about the caffeine? 

Yes, you’re right, Matcha tea contains some caffeine (about 30 mg. per cup), which is MUCH LESS caffeine content than the average cup of coffee (70-75 mg. per cup). But, the L-Theanine in Matcha releases the caffeine slowly into the bloodstream over a period of 4 to 6 hours – a million miles away from the kick-boosting effects of coffee’s caffeine. Brilliant.

That said, some children can have caffeine sensitivity and therefore, should be allowed to drink Matcha tea only in moderation; one cup a day would be ample here.  

OK, so that’s all good, but what are the actual benefits for my children of drinking Matcha Tea?

There's plenty! Here's what Matcha can do for kids:

  1. Prevention of Cold and Flu – Matcha’s catechins have anti-viral properties. These help your child’s body keep flu at bay. Children who drink matcha tea everyday, have been found to combat flu much better than those who don’t. (Source: "The Journal of Nutrition”, 2011)
  2. Healthier Heart – Plaque starts to build up in our heart arteries from early on in life, as stated by the American Heart Association. So consuming something as heart-healthy as matcha tea will surely have some positive impact on your child’s heart health.
  3. Better Oral Health – Children are at a greater risk of developing tooth decay and a regular intake of matcha can really help avert it because matcha has EGCG, a catechin that protects against cavity-creating bacteria. Apart from that, matcha also contains Sulphur, which improves bad breath.
  4. Improved Concentration – L-Theanine actively reduces stress and helps improve memory, attention and concentration. On the other hand, Polyphenols, a type of chemical compounds found in matcha widen the blood vessels and improve the flow of blood to the brain. This results in better cognitive abilities.
  5. Combating Childhood Obesity – Childhood obesity is the most serious and probably the fastest-spreading affliction in western countries. In 2013, 42 million children in the world (aged 0 to 5 years) were obese or overweight and the number is likely to reach a whopping 70 million by 2025 if the current lifestyle trends continue, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Obesity is a growing concern – did you know Matcha’s a natural combat? 

Overweight children are at risk of being obese when they grow up. This poses serious health risks, especially Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. They are even prone to a number of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterols, fungal infections, heat rash, and acne. 

Matcha tea assists the body in the process of metabolism. It boosts the metabolic rate and makes the body burn more calories, aiding in weight loss. In a 2008 Japanese study of obesity in children, it was found that catechins help reduce cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure. If you are worried about your child gaining weight from those chocolates and cookies and chips that they love so much, drinking matcha would help them keep their weight in check.*

 

How do you recommended that Children Matcha? 

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To prevent any surprises, we recommend that you give your kid (s) a small amount of matcha tea in the morning. Test them on a sample. Our Ceremonial Grade Japanese Matcha Tea 5g sample pack has just the right amount of tea for 3-4 days servings. Shade-grown in the best tea estates of Kyoto, Japan, it is extremely rich in chlorophyll, catechins and L-Theanine. It’s the best of what matcha has to offer. 

Remember, there’s no substitute for your paediatrician’s consultation. Always talk to them if you have any questions about giving your child matcha tea. 

(*Drinking matcha tea alone can’t help keep the weight in check if other lifestyle habits are not changed. For best results, get your child involved in healthful habits such as regular physical activity and a diet that contains lots of vegetables and fruits. Talk to your paediatrician about the ideal diet for your child.)

 
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Drew Richardson
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4 Responses

Richard
Richard

July 07, 2017

Hi Rade, thanks for sharing the article. There are metals and poisons present in many (most) of our foods due to the incredible amount of pollution that we pump into our air and rivers every year. The mercury levels in Tuna being one example. The tea plant absorbs lead, whether it’s black or green tea, and Matcha contains the whole leaf, so we recommend keeping the dosage low. Just our opinion as always. Best regards, Richard. Teaologists.

Rade
Rade

May 14, 2017

Hi! In this article it is said that matcha should not be served to kids due tohigh content of lead absorbed through pollution no matter even if it is organic. http://www.health.com/nutrition/what-is-matcha

Richard
Richard

October 18, 2016

Hi Sandy, thank you for your question.

I don’t believe there is much, if any iron in Matcha or Green tea (Matcha is stone ground from Green tea leaves).

Iron is mentioned in relation to tea quite often as some studies have shown that tea can reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron. Therefore if someone suffers from anaemia or iron deficiency then Green or Black tea may not be healthy for them.

Best, Richard

Sandy Anderson
Sandy Anderson

October 14, 2016

I have been told that matcha contains high levels of iron. Is this true?

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