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Stressed? Sprinkle tea on your cereal

London - Forget broccoli, goji berries or wheatgrass juice — the new “superfood” to kick-start your New Year diet is a cup of tea.

Matcha is a vivid green powdered tea which was first drunk during the Song Dynasty in China. Now, nearly 1,000 years after its heyday, it is back as a health food thanks to its high levels of antioxidants — which help the body to fight off infection and disease. It is also reputed to reduce stress and help weight-loss.

The drink has been widely studied for its health effects.

While other teas use only the smooth parts of the leaf, matcha is made from the leaves, veins and stem. Once picked, it is ground by hand into a fine, talc-like powder. The caffeine content is higher than regular green tea, but lower than coffee.

Buddhist monks used to drink it as part of a meditation ritual, but today matcha can be taken in many different ways. Holland & Barrett sell powdered matcha that can be sprinkled onto porridge or muesli and offer a liquid matcha “shot” mixed with cranberry juice. - Daily Mail

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