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Yerba Mate vs Matcha: Which one is better?

Stephan Blazevski

 

Both originated from a plant, Yerba Mate and Matcha are considered to be one of the top 10 most consumed beverages across the globe.

A common thing for these infusions is that they both contain elements such as caffeine and antioxidants, but there are many differences, worth being differentiated.

Yerba Mate vs Matcha

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Yerba Mate is an infusion made from leaves and sticks of the holly tree Ilex paraguariensis, while matcha is a fine powder prepared from the leaves of a tea plant.

Although they both are natural, leafy beverages, each has a unique flavor and brings a healthilicious experience in every sip.

What is Yerba Mate and what is Matcha?

Yerba Mate is an infusion made from dried leaves and stems of a holly tree called Ilex paraguariensis. When traditionally brewed in warm water, it produces a smoky, and earthy flavor, which's highly refreshing.

Matcha is a fine powder, produced from green tea leaves, an ancient tradition of tea ceremonies in Asia. Its taste can be described as a grassy sweetness.

What benefits does Yerba Mate & Matcha offer?

These beverages both come with a lot of health benefits, containing antioxidants unique for Yerba Mate & Matcha. What does this mean? Yerba Mate has a different antioxidant profile compared to Matcha.

Yerba Mate contains xanthines; caffeoyl derivatives; polyphenols and saponins. While Matcha contains: catechins like ECGC and also polyphenols.

When it comes to the caffeine level in each, they are pretty much on the same page. Both offering the beneficial effects from the caffeine, while saving us from the alertness and the jittery effects that the coffee can usually cause.

To sum up, considering that Yerba Mate and Matcha are gifts from nature itself, these beverages are worth trying!

 

 


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