|"Dream Tea Boutique's Forsman Tea Dirty Dancing Mate has the addition of mango, pineapple, papaya, quitte fruit and flower petals. It makes for an enjoyable fruity cup. The most prominent flavors were the mango and pineapple, though the flower petals played a nice addition to balance the strong fruity flavor."|
I received a flavored yerba mate titled Dirty Dancing for my sampling. I have probably had yerba mate once in my life. It's pretty popular for it's mineral content, and it's triple threat of chemicals that will make you get up and go, caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, known stimulants to be found in tea, coffee and chocolate. I definitely felt a jolt of energy on my second brew.
To start I did a little research and found yerba mate to be best brewed at 160–180 °F, not boiling water, for 3 minutes. I chose to brew at 170 °F , a middle of the road temperature. Dream Tea Boutique's Forsman Tea Dirty Dancing Mate has the addition of mango, pineapple, papaya, quitte fruit and flower petals. It makes for an enjoyable fruity cup, which I'm finding to like more and more since I drink so much "plain" tea. The most prominent flavors were the mango and pineapple, though the flower petals played a nice addition to balance the strong fruity flavor. I got three brews out of this tea, the third brew did start to become a little bland and an extended brewing temperature is suggested.
Upon researching I found that yerba mate has theophylline in it, a chemical constituent used to treat asthma and other respiratory diseases. But I wouldn't worry too much since it is found in trace amounts. Another review I came across, brought attention to the association of yerba mate and oral cancer (Rev. Panam. Salud. Publica. 2009 Jun;25(6):530-9.). "The role of hot mate in increasing the risk of cancer of esophagus, larynx, and oral cavity seems to be supported by several epidemiological studies. The temperature could act by damaging the mucosa or accelerating metabolic reactions, including those with carcinogenic substances in tobacco and alcohol. However, there is no sound population-based case-control study on mate consumption as a risk factor for cancer"
This review also found studies to provide this information "The higher risk estimate was found for women who drank 1 L or more daily; for men it was only 4.8. Risk increased with duration, daily quantity, and temperature at drinking. The synergic action between mate, alcohol, and tobacco was a clear result in several studies, and in some, nutritional deficiencies and poor oral hygiene played a role. No increased risk was associated with cold mate beverages."
So rest assured, there still needs to be substantial evidentiary support to conclude that mate alone proposes a risk to oral cancer. For now, the occasional mate, brewed at a lower temperature is an easy triple threat pick me up. To be on the safe side, drink in moderation, and honestly, who drinks 1 liter of mate a day? If you do, maybe it's time to back off a little?
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