Argentina’s national drink is Yerba Mate, so it was no surprise that T2C was invited to the Argentinan consulate to try refreshing cocktails and delicious tasty small bites made from Yerba Mate. To delight the guests a tango performance by with Vuk Stefanovic and Yamila Viena thrilled.
Cónsul General Embajador Mateo Estreme was on hand to talk about his country.
Keri Glassman, MS, RDN was there to tell us about the nutrition of the tea.
A blind band was on hand to demonstrate music transcends.
Yerba mate is a traditional drink made from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly, Ilex paraguariensis, a native plant of South America. Drinking yerba mate tea is often a social event and is a sign of friendship and bonding. It’s officially the national drink of Argentina where 500 million dollars worth of it is consumed every year. Yerba mate is said to give you increased energy and enhanced mental clarity, alertness, focus, and concentration. It helps people who are suffering from mental or physical fatigue, or from chronic fatigue syndrome. It does however contains 85 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup, which is more than tea but less than coffee.
Yerba mate has found a niche following among brain hackers seeking to optimize mental performance and is loaded with nutrition that it contains practically all the micronutrients needed to sustain life.
Each serving of mate contains the following vitamins and high concentration of these minerals:)
- vitamin A
- vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
It also contains other beneficial phytonutrients such as tannins, trace minerals, chlorophyll, flavonoids, and 15 amino acids.
Yerba mate contains 11 polyphenols and exhibits more antioxidant power than any other tea-based drink. Yerba mate is high in compounds called saponins. Saponins are natural emulsifiers that boost the immune system and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These plant-based compounds modulate the overactive immune response which contributes to seasonal allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
Yerba mate got a big boost in awareness as a weight loss aid after Dr. Oz included it in a segment on his TV show about teas that can help you lose weight. It’s naturally antibacterial against E. coli, one of the most common causes of food poisoning. At least one saponin found in yerba mate destroys intestinal parasites. It’s also useful for both preventing and treating urinary tract infections and bladder and kidney stones.
T2C was thrilled to learn about this tea that with lemon and honey can help keep us healthy.