This week I have been doing a little experiment by taking coffee out of my daily routine. Scary I know! Instead I replaced it with Yerba Mate Tea a South American tea that has about the same amount of caffeine as coffee but with healthier benefits. Only hearing this statement of yerba tea is a “healthier” choice in the fitness industry, I did my homework and researched a little about Yerba verses Coffee.
As I was sipping my new habit while surfing on web, I was shocked by the startling truth of Yerba Mate Tea. Researching on mayoclinic.com, I found reports of studies showing people who drink large amounts of Yerba Mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer. Cancer! SCARY!!! Ready to spit out the tea, I started looking up coffee to see if it had any heath benefits (since we all know I can’t live without some type of caffeine). To my surprise the newer studies have shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer and it has a high content of antioxidants. WOW great news! Now understand these studies studied coffee, no sugar or cream added. So what I thought was a “healthier” choice was wrong, but now I am happily enjoying the health benefits with my one cup of coffee. Everything in moderation.
In the fitness world there are many products that are coined to be healthy. Just like I was deceived with what I thought to be a healthier choice with yerba tea, the truth can be scary. But once you know the true facts about something you are able to make the right decision. There are many lies in this world blinding us from the truth, seek out the truth and you will find it. John 8:32
Understanding the truth and having a well balanced life is the key to a healthy living.
Coffee benefits new studies – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coffee-and-health/AN01354
Yerba Mate Tea studies – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yerba-mate/AN01774