Is Yerba Maté Tea Bad For You?

Is Yerba Maté Tea Bad For You?
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Concerns about the carcinogenicity of this Latin American herbal tea.

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What about some of those herbal teas? Yerba maté, for example—a Latin American herbal tea, whose main aromatic compounds include chemicals that smell like urine, mothballs, sweaty, cheesy, animal dung, body odor. But with tastes like that, it’s at least got to be good for us, right? Who says harmful? Harmless? Helpful?

“High levels of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons…”—the kinds of carcinogens you find in grilled chicken meat!

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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What about some of those herbal teas? Yerba maté, for example—a Latin American herbal tea, whose main aromatic compounds include chemicals that smell like urine, mothballs, sweaty, cheesy, animal dung, body odor. But with tastes like that, it’s at least got to be good for us, right? Who says harmful? Harmless? Helpful?

“High levels of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons…”—the kinds of carcinogens you find in grilled chicken meat!

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Doctor's Note

Also see: Update on Yerba Maté.

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