On each day of a two-day study, 26 volunteers drank either strong tea or a tealike
placebo before testing.
In Argentina the tealike
beverage yerba mate outsells tea by about two to one.
Mike Sims, 35, discovered a novel tealike
drink on his South American honeymoon in 2002 and set up his own import business to supply the UK market.
Nearly two pages are devoted to mate, the tealike
brew that Argentines sip daily through a metal straw.
DON KUIKEN "It has a pleasant, tealike
smell," says Don Kuiken, operations manager for Indian Harvest Specialtifoods near Colusa, describing the aroma wafting through his processing plant.
The extract, available today in the Far East in pill form, is used to make a tealike
concoction that decreases the desire for alcohol.
Paraguay, better known for its export of yerba mate (a tealike
drink popular throughout the southern cone of South America) has been cultivating coffee ever since the 16th century, when Jesuit missionaries helped the local Guarani Indians grow it for local consumption.
Coffee consumption in Paraguay takes second place to yerba mate, a tealike
beverage popular in many South American countries and brewed from the dried leaves of an evergreen shrub or tree (Ilex paraguariensis) related to holly.