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News Release

10/14/2015

Is Matcha a Better Form of Green Tea? ConsumerLab.com Answers the Question

White Plains, New York, October 14, 2015 — For the past three years, ConsumerLab.com has been testing green tea products, including tea bags, bottled drinks, dietary supplements, and even a K-Cup®. Most recently it purchased and tested products containing a fine powder of young, green tea leaves known as matcha. The results show that matcha powders provide a higher concentration of antioxidant catechins, including EGCG, than brewable green teas. ConsumerLab also found these matcha powders to be virtually free of contamination with heavy metals (lead, arsenic, and cadmium) and pesticides, which has not been the case with other green teas. This is important because matcha powder, after being mixed with hot water, is consumed in its entirety — as opposed to tea which is brewed but the leaves, which retain contaminants, are discarded.

News Release

5/21/2013

Green Teas Vary in Strength and Amount of Lead Contamination, According to ConsumerLab.com

White Plains, New York, May 21, 2013 — If you drink green tea for your health, be aware that the catechin and caffeine levels can vary by more than 240% across products. Some also contain significant amounts of lead in their tea leaves. This is according to recent tests by ConsumerLab.com, which reports on the quality of health and nutrition products. Brands of green tea reviewed were Bigelow, Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, Salada, and Teavana. The products were teabags, a loose tea, and a K-Cup (for brewing in a Keurig machine).