Matcha tea is the latest ‘superfood’ — here’s why you should beware of knockoff versions


China is known to produce knockoffs for almost every kind imaginable. So it's no surprise that when Japanese matcha tea grew in popularity, China began to export its own version as Chinese "matcha" green tea powder. Chinese tea leaves are not grown in the shade, and are "pan-fried" to stop oxidation.  As a result, Chinese "matcha" does not froth as much and its texture is more sandy. Chinese teas have also come under fire for their potential toxicity. In 2013, the environmental organization Greenpeace randomly tested 18 Chinese green tea samples, and found that 12 of them contained banned pesticides.

By: Ruchika Agarwal

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