Yerba Mate and Green Tea Similarities
Yerba mate and green tea both contain stimulants. Green tea contains caffeine, although black tea has two to three times more caffeine than green tea. Yerba mate contains xanthines, alkaloids that have the same type of stimulating properties as caffeine. Although some retailers claim that yerba mate does not contain caffeine, chemical analysis shows that it does contain caffeine, according to Raintree Nutrition. The caffeine in yerba mate, however, may not cause the typical side effects of caffeine, such as jitteriness, headache, irritability, nausea or diarrhea. The caffeine in green tea's effects may be moderated by the effects of L-theanine, so that both drinks may be free of the usual side effects of caffeine. Both substances appear to have antioxidants benefits.
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