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Is Yerba Mate the New Coffee?

Have you heard of Yerba Mate? It is a tea said to boost energy, aid in weight loss, cleanse the colon, relieve stress, calm allergies, strengthen your immune system, and increase longevity. Quick, pour me a cup.

Yerba Mate is a species of holly grown in warm South American countries. The leaves are dried, and steeped in hot, not boiling, water. It tastes extremely herbal and grassy, like really strong green tea. Too bitter for ya? You can buy it infused with orange or raspberry. It is less potent than coffee and gentler on the tummy too.

In Argentina and Brazil, friends and family drink their Mate together in the morning, passing it around in a hollow gourd. Kind of reminds me of a hookah. But don't worry ladies - Yerba Mate is definitely legal.

Could it be the next item on Starbucks menu? Quite possibly.

Fit's Tips: If you can't find Yerba Mate at your local Health Food Store, you can order it here.

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