Matcha tea is one of the healthiest beverages, often called a “superfood”. Of course, everything in nutrition has its pros and cons. Matcha is no exception and when consumed in excess can lead to side effects.
Caffeine Related Side Effects
Even though the caffeine in matcha doesn’t make one as jittery, drinking too much of may cause insomnia, heart palpitations, dizziness, headaches and heartburn.
How much of it should I drink?
Most people like to enjoy 2-3 cups of matcha a day and this is completely safe. At YouMatcha recommend you consume no more than 5 cups of the tea a day.
Why is that?
Good news…. There is no known overdose or “toxic” level. The reason for this limit is to keep within the lower recommended caffeine limit of 200 mg a day. We believe that 5 cups of matcha (equivalent to the benefits of around 50 cups of regular green tea) is more than enough to keep you looking youthful and awesome for many years to come.
How much caffeine is there in one serving?
35mg of caffeine per serving (1g or around 1/2 a teaspoon).
Impact on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Despite all the benefits that matcha has, this drink remains controversial for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. times. All pregnant and nursing women are advised to reduce their caffeine. If you aren’t drinking enough water, too much caffeine can lead to dehydration.
Caffeine is also a substance that crosses the placenta, and there are studies that suggest that it may decrease blood flow to the developing baby.
Aside from its caffeine content, matcha green tea may also interfere with how a pregnant woman’s body metabolizes folic acid (or folate). This is because of the presence of epigallocathechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea.
For breasteeding women, the caffeine in green tea can pass into breast milk and affect the nursing infant.
In a nutshell, it is fine to drink matcha in moderation. 1-2 cups of matcha tea a day is considered as the safe amount for pregnant and breastfeeding women.