Matcha is the traditional Indian rice dish, served at festivals and parties.
But it has a downside.
The bitter flavor and the oily texture can cause irritation in the eyes.
Now, it’s been discovered that the texture of matcha noodles can also be a source of irritation.
“A lot of people like to eat matcha and not eat rice.
So the texture is what people love.
If you don’t like it, it can make you sick,” says Shashank Gupta, a Mumbai-based dietitian.
“But you can eat matchas in the morning and then you eat rice at night.”
Dr. Gupta says people need to keep matcha in mind when deciding which to eat.
“Matcha is a great ingredient, but its texture can be a bit tricky to digest.
It’s more than rice,” he says.
Matcha contains several types of fibers.
Some are soluble, meaning they are digested easily.
Others are insoluble, meaning their digestibility is not always as good.
“The insoluble stuff is not good for the stomach, and the soluble stuff is good for you,” Gupta says.
“So the other thing is that the smell is a bit bitter and a bit salty.”
So, which is best?
Gupta says to choose matchas from a group of two or three, with a wide range of textures.
“You can have different types of matchas, like roasted rice, or the traditional rice, like gai, or you can have a different kind of match, like tamarind.”