Yerba Mate

Mate is a stimulating hot drink with multiple benefits. Originally from South America, the consumption of this tea is very widespread in the Arab world, especially in Syria and Lebanon probably thanks to Syrian and Lebanese nationals from Latin America. 

On the health side, mate is known for its benefits on digestive functions, it is very effective against headaches. It is also recognized for its diuretic and purifying qualities for the body. Mate offers a feeling of satiety especially when eaten on an empty stomach and helps to burn unwanted fat, hence its slimming function.

Preparation: In a calabash (maté pot or gourd), put a good quantity of maté leaves, then add non-boiling hot water (70°) - add sugar according to taste - A special straw (bombilla) is used to drink the maté.

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