Friday, February 03, 2006

Yerba mate: Don't believe the hype

From the January 28th edition of the Wall Street Journal:

The main selling point of the South American herbal tea [yerba mate]: It is a healthy pick-me-up without the side effects of coffee's caffeine ... The only problem: Scientists now say the main stimulant in mate is not an alternative called mateine, as its champions claim, but plain old caffeine [emphasis mine]. And although mate (pronounced mah-tay) is widely marketed as a health drink, some health-care practitioners warn that is may worsen blood pressure and anxiety.

—Mellow Monk


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