Matcha tea has a host of health benefits but an overdose could lead to side-effects

Posted on:1 May 2021, 11:25am IST
This message is in the interest of all weight-watchers out there – there’s news that drinking too much matcha tea causes side-effects. Read on to know more.
Nikita Bhardwaj
Side-effects of drinking matcha tea can be curtailed, if you consume it in moderation. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We’re sure you must be super excited to sip on a cuppa of matcha tea. Plus, you must be so proud of yourself for following a healthy lifestyle. But here’s a statutory warning for those who consume this tea, every now and then — it could cause side-effects, if you do not exercise moderation. Shocking, but true.

Yes, we know you may have included matcha tea in your routine to stay healthy. But the golden rule of consuming every superfood is to ensure you stick to the right quantity, at the right time, and maintain the right frequency.

Just because matcha tea is a superfood doesn’t mean your entire day will revolve around it. That’s because too much of anything is bad!  

In fact, according to Jinal Patel, clinical nutritionist and dietetics HOD at Apollo Spectra hospital, Mumbai, consuming too much matcha tea can reverse its benefits.

Here are six reasons why you must keep a tab on your consumption of matcha tea

Matcha, also called maccha, is an emerald-green tea powder that is freshly grounded – it is natural and organic. There is a lot of buzz about its therapeutic benefits. But guess what? Instead of just being a boon, matcha can really harm your health, if you do not exercise caution.

The buzz around matcha green tea is actually worth it. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

1. Matcha tea is full of caffeine, making it a strict no-no for pregnant women. Hence, it should be used cautiously. Caffeine overdose can cause headaches, irritability, and insomnia.

2. Excess consumption of matcha tea can cause diarrhea, as it hampers the natural biome of your gut, making it sensitive towards other pathogens.

3. One can also suffer from other digestive disorders like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), which can be really painful and discomforting.

4. Having more than two cups a day can lead to changes in heart rhythm i.e. cardiac arrhythmia.

5. Having it in large doses can lead to nausea and vomiting, because of the overdose of polyphenols in the body.

6. You may also feel dizzy, if you don’t stick to the recommended quantity. “You can limit your consumption to two cups per day. You will have to consult an expert regarding its quantity. It can be had, once in the morning and once in the evening,” recommends Ms Patel.

Well, any form of tea or caffeinated products shouldn’t be consumed alone, because they trigger acidity and gastric issues. Always have light healthy snacks — it could be anything from homemade khakhras,whole grain biscuits to roasted makhanas. Avoid creamy biscuits, khari, toasts and other bakery products that are full of refined flour,” suggests Ms Patel.

Too much matcha tea can increase your risk of IBD. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
You could also try these alternatives 

You can opt for lemon and ginger tea with a smidgen of cinnamon powder – it will not only boost your metabolism, but also enhance your immunity. 

“Try herbal tea to reduce inflammation and enhance blood circulation. Black tea contains antioxidants, improves gut health, and lowers blood pressure. Honey, lemon, ginger tea will help relieve digestive issues, skin problems, and cough and cold symptoms,” concludes Ms Patel.

Try and limit your consumption of matcha tea, and you’re good to go! 

Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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