Tea Time

21 May
About two years ago I decided to give up coffee and switch to drinking tea. I felt that tea was a cleaner caffeine source. After a few months I had a cup of coffee, it made my mind and body feel weird. From then on I have only consumed tea for caffeine. I enjoy all types of tea, but my favorite is yerba mate.
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I enjoy yerba mate because it has less of an effect on the central nervous system than coffee. I feel alert and awake without feeling jittery. Yerba mate has a stimulating effect on cardiac and smooth muscle fibers. Yerba mate also contains more antioxidants than green tea, as well as, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

There are some health concerns to be aware of most commercially prepared yerba mate undergoes a smoke drying process. This smoke-dried method is known to produce a yerba mate which contains Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals known to be carcinogens at high concentrations. PAHs are common in many foods and beverages such as water, coffee, and tea and cannot be completely avoided in the diet, but the levels of PAHs that are consumed can be minimized. I think that you have to regularly drink large quantities of this tea for it to produce negative health effects. Yet another reminder to practice moderation.

The brand Guayaki produces a line of yerba mate that is air dried, reducing the amount of PAHs.


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