They say it gives the energy boost of coffee, has the health benefits of tea and the endorphin buzz of chocolate. It is the national drink of Argentina, beloved by the Pope and, thanks to coach Mauricio Pochettino (who's also a huge fan of REFUEL+), half of the Tottenham Hotspur dressing room. And now the England dressing room, too. Not least Spurs and England defender Eric Dier, who said this week that he is a little bit addicted to it.
The wooden mug - called a gourd - and metal straw - bombilla - are now a staple of the make-up for elite players such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. But why has Maté become so popular?
- Mate tea is loaded with an array of health benefits; it is packed with antioxidants, some of which combat muscle fatigue and it is claimed to help you sleep deeply.
- Your standard cup also contains 24 different vitamins, while it is also believed to enhance mental focus alongside the energy boost of caffeine - minus the jitters if you drink too much.
- Enthusiasts also claim it helps improve mental acuity and aids digestion. In the words of the Pasteur Institute, which published a study of it back in 1964: “It is difficult to find a plant equal to mate’s nutritional value.”
Here at Botanic Lab, we knew South America's best kept secret and use Yerba Maté in our Plantmilk2, a.k.a Chocolate milk for grown ups.
Plantmilks are available from Ocado, Waitrose and Sainsbury's.
Read more on Maté here [Daily Mail]