It probably won’t win 2018’s best superfood, but it’s worth a try

By Ea Francisco | Lead photo from Instagram

Green is out, and blue is in.

Or at least, that’s what Instagram says. If you couldn’t already tell from the whole unicorn frappe hype, Instagram foodies are obsessed with brightly colored beverages, so seeing this growing fixation with blue matcha isn’t surprising.

Everybody calls it “matcha” but really, it couldn’t be more different from it. Green matcha is made of grounded green tea leaves. Blue matcha, on the other hand, is made from a different plant called the Clitoria principissae, more commonly known as the butterfly pea flower.

Blue matcha vs. Green matcha: Green matcha, a powder made from green tea leaves, is widely known for its health benefits. Not only does it boost your metabolism, it is also rich in antioxidants and calms the mind and body. According to recent research, green matcha actually contains more antioxidants than any other superfood. As for blue matcha, although it is common to assume it is similar to green matcha besides the color, blue matcha is in fact made from an entirely different plant. Blue matcha is made from the butterfly pea flower and offers different health benefits, although not nearly as many as green matcha. According to animal research, blue matcha may offer improvement in memory and reduced stress, but research is limited. Therefore, if offered the choice between the two, you may want to reach for the green! How do you prefer your green matcha?

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Green matcha is popular for its relaxing properties and numerous health benefits, but the same can’t be said for its blue alternative. It doesn’t have as much antioxidants or caffeine as its green cousin. There’s not a lot of research about the blue version yet, but some say it could improve memory and reduce stress.

“Blue matcha isn’t actually anything like green matcha (apart from that it’s a powder and it’s confusingly called the same!) because it comes from a different plant, so the antioxidant profile is completely different,” said dietitian Jo Travers to Metro UK.

However, tea sellers Blue Chai also claim that it can reduce risk of cancer and prevent premature aging by improving overall cell health. Blue matcha also contains proanthocyanidin, which increases cell elasticity.

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Blue matcha might not be the next greatest superfood, but it still makes for a cute drink anyway. So far, we have no reason to believe that it’d be bad for you, so go crazy with it. On social media, that is.