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Many celebs in 2016 were spotted out and about with something Matcha related. Whether it be an iced Matcha latte or a superfood Matcha smoothie, the trend has been spreading like wildfire among Hollywood’s A-list. Rich in antioxidants, Matcha tea has been linked to the protection against cancer and heart disease; maybe that’s why Matcha was made 2015’s New York Fashion Week’s ‘It drink.’ Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Olsen have been sipping on 2017’s trendiest drink, so here’s what you need to know about Matcha tea.

What is Matcha Tea?

So, what is Matcha tea? In its simplest terms, Matcha translates to ‘fine powder tea.’ The green tea was first created in Japan, and it is thought that the first seeds were brought over from China in 1191 AD. Matcha is known as the healthiest form of tea, due to its extremely high nutrients and lack of processing. When drinking Matcha tea, you are consuming the entire leaf, so you can experience up to three times more caffeine than a normal cup of tea. However, you do not receive the same type of caffeine buzz when drinking it, instead it creates an ‘alert calm.’

What are the Health Benefits?

Matcha, is an antioxidant powerhouse. The tea has been linked to improving blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction and anti-aging, as well as the protection against heart disease and cancer, due to its combination of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The health benefits also include enhanced calm, boosted memory and concentration, increased energy levels and increased metabolism.

Which Celebs Love this Trend?

Hollywood’s most famous Matcha tea lover is movie star, turned health food writer, Gwyneth Paltrow. The health conscious star is at the forefront of this trend. In fact, she loves it so much that when she did a signing for her new book, she provided complimentary Matcha latte’s for her fans. She also has numerous Instagram posts of her and the green drink, one snap even earned her over 21,000 likes!

Another celeb seen sporting the must have trend is Ashley Olsen. The actress was seen picking up the green drink after a session at the gym. It is known that Ashley enjoys her health and fitness, so she is obviously ensuring her health, both inside and out, with the antioxidant rich drink.

Other celebs rumored to enjoy a sip or two of Matcha tea are Manhattan’s wellness guru, Hannah Bronfman, Kristin Cavallari and Victoria Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio.

Matcha Tea Recipes

Matcha is a versatile substance, so you don’t just have to make tea with it. There are many great recipes for drinks such as green tea frappuccinos, Maca Matcha smoothies and Matcha lemonade. However, it isn’t just confined to drinks; you can also bake and cook with it, making delicious foods such as Matcha muffins and green tea ice cream!

If you want to keep up with Hollywood’s A-list, then keep a look out for Matcha when it becomes the hottest trend of 2017!

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