Mate: Benefits And Properties Of The 'fat Burning' Infusion That
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Mate: benefits and properties of the ‘fat burning’ infusion that helps with cholesterol

Mate is more than a ritual infusion as it provides multiple benefits to the body, including fat burning that helps in weight loss diets.

An infusion of mate.

It has become an icon thanks to celebrities like Messi, who has appeared on multiple occasions sipping his tea in public. The infused yerba mate leaves, Ilex paraguariensis in their scientific name, they are not only part of the gastronomic tradition of several South American countries since pre-Hispanic times, but also join the list of superfoods to take into account to improve our diet. Plant native to the basins of the Paraná and Paraguay rivers and the upper course of the Uruguay River. Once dried, cut and ground, it forms the basis of this drink that takes on the bitterness of its tannins and can be slightly sweetened to make it more pleasant.

As with tea, mate also has caffeine and therefore a stimulating effect. But it is not its only property, since it provides multiple health benefits as it is diuretic, digestive and get an acceleration of metabolism to facilitate fat burning, so that it will serve as an ally in weight loss diets. It also provides a good amount of B vitamins, ten types of amino acids and minerals such as iron, sodium, magnesium and potassium. One of its most coveted properties is its ability to increase the good cholesterol, HDL, generating a better functioning of the cardiovascular system by cleaning the arteries of fat, as was collected in the study of the University of Illinois.

Another study published by the CSIC in 2013 has shown that mate has the potential to control cholesterol levels and provide an antioxidant effect to the body even when consuming a high-fat diet. In fact, the magazine Nutrients has collected more recent research carried out in people suffering from metabolic disease, being proven that it helps reduce fasting glucose, a marker of improved metabolic health and lower risk of diabetes. In addition, it has other benefits such as immune system booster due to its phytochemicals, it helps slow down aging and perform better in terms of physical resistance. In fact, it is also recommended to athletes for its ability to act as a muscle relaxant.

Nutritional value of mate

The nutritional value per 100 grams of yerba mate infusion is as follows:

Calories: 0kcal

Carbohydrates: 1.23 g

Total fat: 0mg

Proteins: 0.29 g

Vitamina B1: 0.04 mg

Vitamin B2: 0.07 mg

Iron: 0.36mg

Magnesio: 37,05 mg

Potasio: 109,mg

Sodio: 12,18 mg

matte types

There are different varieties of mate infusion depending on its preparation and the mixtures that are made. Here are some of the most popular types:

bitter mate. It is the most common way to take it, especially in countries like Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolicia and southern Brazil. It is also called a maroon.

sweet mate. Sugar, honey or sweetener is incorporated each time onion —more water is added to the infusion—, to remove the bitter taste. It is taken like this in some regions of Bolivia, Argentina and rural regions of Chile.

milk mate. Instead of cebar with water, it is made with milk and sugar.

Mate with other herbs. In some places they add other herbs to the infusion, for medicinal purposes, such as coca, pennyroyal or horsetail.

Tea matte. It is very popular among the youth of Argentina and Uruguay. The yerba mate is changed for black tea and lemon, in addition to adding other herbs such as mint or chamomile, orange peel, grated coconut or other fruits.

tereré. It consists of a mixture of very cold water with mate and also herbs such as mint, lemon verbena, horsetail or lemon, as well as ice. It is consumed by letting the ingredients macerate.

Mate cooked. Mate is boiled in water, strained and served in a cup.

coconut mate. It is traditional from Paraguay and is prepared with milk, burnt sugar and grated or crushed coconut.

Soda. Several yerba mate fizzy drinks have been made throughout the 20th century, but none were widely accepted by South American consumers. They are marketed in Cuba, the United States and Germany.

refreshing mate. It is offered in Brazil and Europe, cold cocido mate that began to become popular in the 50s of the last century.

syrian mate. Elaboration in a glass of the traditional mate, but with sugar, typical of Syria.

yerba mate beer. A Brazilian company launched the first mate beer called Ilex.

How to drink mate

Without a doubt, the most iconic element of mate, by which we know that whoever wears it is drinking this infusion and not another, is its characteristic container, which is also called mate. It is a small cup with a straw, known as a bombilla, that filters the water so that the herbs do not pass through. However, the secret is in how to prepare it. Its elaboration, simple but meticulous, becomes a whole ritual: water is heated without letting it boil, the yerba is poured inside until it is three-quarters full, it is stirred without the water until a free space is left and then the liquid is slowly poured through that place, where the straw will also go. It is important that the water is not boiling so as not to burn the yerba, and just as important is bait it opportunely.

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