kodama wrote:From what I have heard, mateine is caffeine is theine - absolutely and without debate.
Kodama got it right. Mateine and caffeine are the same.
Separation and identification of compounds from ANYTHING are routine procedures. This is nothing the scientific community is debating over.
Certain SHADY companies really love to play up the fact that they can call caffeine "mateine" in their marketing and go as far to say there isn't any caffeine in mate. This is deception! From what I've read there is A LOT of caffeine in mate!
They get away with it because mate does cause less "jitters" than tea and coffee as many others stated, because it lacks other compounds that tea and coffee has.
I'm not a physician, but if you can't have caffeine for medical reasons, probably the best thing to do is to stay away from mate!