1. “Matcha is the best natural source of green tea antioxidants.”
Matcha is a form of green tea–it’s a shade-grown tea leaf ground into a fine powder. Compared to a traditional steeped green tea, matcha offers more nutritional values since you are ingesting the whole leaf rather than drinking substances steeped out from the tea leaf.
However, you need to know two things: 1) Make sure your matcha doesn’t contain lead. When you steep tea leaf, 70% of lead retains in the leaf. When you ingest a whole leaf, 100% of lead is ingested. 2) The higher quality matcha tends to contain higher amount of caffeine. When you choose sencha powder, which is consumed in the same way as matcha, caffeine amount is naturally lower than matcha.
2. “Certified organic matcha is clean and safe.”
Unfortunately, organic certification conducted by USDA does not take heavy metals into consideration. Certified organic matcha could be contaminated with a high level of lead if the soil is contaminated with lead. Generally speaking, the lead amount in Japanese green tea is very low or not detected by tests conducted by third party labs. However, you should make sure green tea your clients consume has been tested for lead and lead contamination is very low or not detected.
3. “Decaffeinated green tea is not as potent as regular, period.”
Are you sensitive to caffeine but still want to get green tea benefits? It is true that the decaf process decreases the amount of some of the valuable nutrients from green tea leaves. You need to be sure the decaf process used is safe and clean so the process is not adding toxins to the leaf.