There is a trend towards healthier products, and many search out mate as a substitute for coffee. A typical highly acidic breakfast blend coffee might land somewhere around 4.7 PH.

One of the main health problem connected to coffee is the acidity. Mate is less acidic but still some mate users might complain of gastroesophageal reflux disease. This disease is caused by the acidity, and that might differ from one kind of mate to another.

On the scientific side, acidity is something to be measured on the pH scale, which uses 7.0 as an indicator of neutrality, numbers under 7 as more acidic & numbers above 7 are considered alkaline (or basic). Lemon juice registers at about 2.0; milk at 6.5. Though Yerba Mate is considered Alkaline, some of our customers complained of acidity and heartburn in the past.

Mate and PH values

The producer of Meta Mate’s Cosmetics  (Soap, Face and Hand Cream) tested the PH values of various Mate, and her results confirmed the expectations:

PH - Meta Mate 23

PH - Meta Mate Raw

PH - Meta Mate Artisanal

PH - Coffee

Meta Mate 23, organic USDA certified, industrially processed like all known erva mate and yerba Mate scored PH 6. Meta Mate Raw that is freeze-dried scored PH 6.5. Meta Mate Artisanal scored PH 7.

Ancient Mate Production

The most ancient mate production tradition of stopping the oxidation by rapidly exposing the mate leaves to fire makes the most gentle mate for the stomach. Many people have health problems with coffee; not only in Brazil, but also in Argentina where yerba mate reigns.  There are reports comparing the acidity from Mate Artisanal and Industrial:

“En cuanto al sabor, los consumidores destacan la ausencia total de acidez, un aspecto habitualmente remarcado en las marcas industriales.”

Google Translation:

“For taste, consumers highlight the total absence of acid, usually one aspect highlighted in the industrial brands.”

From: Taringa (http://www.taringa.net/post/offtopic/16410955/Sabes-Que-Tipo-de-Yerba-Mate-Consumis-Informate.html)

Other Advantages of Mate

Theobromine

Mate has Theobromine that adds combines to the energy boosting of caffeine contributing to warm, positive, happy feelings.

Theophylline

Mate has Theophylline which acts as a muscular relaxer aiding to be alert but not stressed.

High Mineral Content

Last but not least, is the high content of minerals. By drinking traditional Mate, one gets a variety of minerals and vitamins, especially Magnesium and Potassium. These feed the cells and together with the xanthines contribute to an over-all well-being feeling.

Minerals and Meta Mate Raw

The richest in mineral content among all Mates on the market is Meta Mate Raw, having up to 80% more nutrients than the average.

Yerba Mate, Erva Mate and Meta Mate

To understand best the differences between yerba mate, erva mate and meta mate check this video made at Meta Mate Berlin:

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