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EGCG in Matcha
Question: I recently purchased some matcha green tea powder claiming to contain up to "137 times the EGCG" that is in brewed green tea. However, the label does not state an actual amount of EGCG and the company would not provide me with any analysis. Is the label true?
Answer: Although this “137 times” claim appears on a number of products, it appears to be false and based on misleading and borrowed science. This, and a concern with lead contamination in matcha, is explained in the Brewed Green Tea vs. Matcha section of the Green Tea Product Review.