According to popular claims, one gram of matcha green tea powder contains 3 calories. Not too bad, eh? Of course not. That’s what the health experts have been saying too. The benefits that come with having 2-3 cups of matcha green tea every day outweigh the calorific value by leaps and bounds.
According to Coastalteaco.com there are 1.5 – 2 grams of matcha per teaspoon, and on average we use approximately 1 teaspoon per 12oz glass of matcha.
“There are 1.5 to 2 grams of matcha per tsp or teaspoon, depending on the specific brand or matcha and it’s current moisture levels. 1 teaspoon of matcha is generally a good measure for a 12 oz. cup of 170F degree water. High grade ceremonial matcha usually comes in 20g or 30g sizes, so we can assume the following servings per size based on weight.”
But What About Matcha in Latte Form?
The situation with these beverages is different… While matcha is a rich source of catechins (anti-oxidants responsible for increasing energy levels and combating few dangerous free radicals in the body), by adding milk, sugar and sweeteners to our drink we start to increase the calorie count. If you are looking to gain the maximum health benefit, a regular cup of matcha green tea without milk or sugar is the way to go.
At Starbucks the calorie intake from a matcha latte is contains 240 calories, 7g of fat and 32 grams of sugar…
Here is the nutritional profile directly from the Starbucks website for a 16oz matcha latte (Grande):
Sorry to break it to you but if you are switching to matcha green tea to achieve all kinds of health benefits such as weight loss, it makes very little sense for you to have lattes and crème frappuchinos made of matcha green tea!
Even though there are numerous health benefits to drinking matcha, buying sugary drinks with a little matcha in them is not the way to go about it. It will cost you in the long run! So, stick to a healthy exercise regime, eat a balanced diet and team it all up with matcha green tea, preferably without milk and without sugar for the best results.