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Yerba mate is a traditional South American brew that’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. Yerba mate is praised for providing an energy boost similar to that of coffee.
Also known as Yerba Mate tea. This tea in fact is not tea at all, it is made from dried leaves and twigs of the South American Yerba mate plant. The tea is made in a special cup shaped like a gourd in which it is infused.
This unique tea is not made from traditional tea leaves but has strong caffeine properties. It is not uncommon to see people in South America sip on it all day.
It is a great energy booster and is known to reduce heart disease and the risk of cancer. Some studies also show that it is good for weight management.
Fun Fact: Drinking Yerba mate is an experience as the cup is made for sharing with your loved ones. It is usually had in social settings when people are sharing the table and is known to build bonds. It is so popular that Argentina has hailed it as their national drink.