1.5 million Americans start their day with a cup of coffee. And for most that’s just the first cup of many—Americans drink over 400 million cups of coffee a day. Worldwide, coffee is the second-most popular beverage, behind only water.
Clearly people love coffee, whether it’s because of the taste, the energy boost, or simply a ritual they’ve followed for years. However, coffee does have its downsides, which has a lot of people searching for healthier alternatives to coffee that provide the benefits they’re looking for without the side effects.
Coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine per cup, and most people add creams and sugar to their drink to get the taste to their liking. All that caffeine and sugar certainly does the trick if you need a jolt to help you start your day—but at what cost?
Extra calories. The add-ons to your coffee aren’t free. Unless you take your coffee black, each cup piles on extra carbs and calories that quickly add up. The sugar and cream you add to your coffee add at least 50 calories per cup (for a regular-sized coffee), and in many cases, it’s quite a bit more. Once you multiply that by the number of cups you drink per day, you’re looking at hundreds of extra calories consumed per day.
Jittery effects. Coffee often causes “the jitters,” which can cause tremors, heart palpitations, and make you feel anxious. When combined with the energy boost coffee provides, this can make you feel wired and unsteady, which can keep you from functioning at your best.
Energy crash. Caffeine doesn’t stay in our system forever, and we all have to come down from a sugar high eventually. At some point the fuel you’ve been relying on to keep you going will drop out, leaving you more tired and drained than you were before. It’s little wonder that for most people, one cup of coffee isn’t enough to get them through the day.
Sleep troubles. Coffee can be a double-edged sword when it comes to sleep. We drink it to help us wake up, but if we drink it too late in the day, it can keep us from falling asleep when we need to.
So what’s a tired, low-energy individual to do? Fortunately, there are some good coffee alternatives out there, one of the best being yerba mate.
Adaptogenic yerba mate
Native to the biodiverse subtropical regions of South America, yerba mate has been consumed in community rituals for hundreds of years. It has long been known to both stimulate and soothe, providing the support you need to power through your day without the jitters or energy crash associated with coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
This is in part due to yerba mate’s adaptogenic nature. Adaptogens are antioxidant-rich plants that help the body respond to things like occasional stress and low energy. While coffee merely covers up your fatigue, an adaptogen like yerba mate actually helps your body adapt to external stressors. The result is more stable, long-lasting support.
Unimate Black: The best of both worlds
Something as rooted into our culture as coffee is difficult to just toss aside, however. Everything from its taste to the way we feel when we drink it makes it a beverage staple that people are—understandably—reluctant to let go of.
This is where Unimate Black comes in. It combines the taste of coffee with the benefits of yerba mate, resulting in a delightfully drinkable pick-me-up beverage that won’t leave you hanging a few hours later.
10 times the chlorogenic acids. When people talk about how coffee makes them feel good, it’s not just because of the caffeine. The health benefits of coffee largely come from chlorogenic acids—and Unimate Black’s ultra-pure yerba mate extract contains up to 10 times more chlorogenic acids than a premium cup of coffee.
Stimulates and soothes. The naturally occurring caffeine combined with chlorogenic acids, theobromine, and L-theanine in yerba mate help boost your mood and mental focus as well as promote feelings of calm. So you don’t have to choose between feeling energized and feeling calm; with Unimate Black, you get both!
Easy to prepare. Unimate Black is mixed and ready for drinking in under 30 seconds—and it can be enjoyed hot or cold. The individual sachets make it easy to carry around when you’re on the go, too. Just dump a sachet into some water and you’ll be set!
Supports your health goals. If you’re hoping for a healthy alternative to coffee that still tastes like coffee, look no further. Full of antioxidants and containing zero added sugar, Unimate Black provides more than the mental support you need to get through your day. It supports overall metabolic health, promotes feelings of well-being and relaxation, and supports normal, healthy cholesterol levels. And if you practice intermittent fasting, Unimate Black might just become your new best friend, as it promotes satiety and can be drunk without breaking your fast.
Coffee that supports your health goals
Yerba mate is said to have the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the joy of chocolate. Unimate Black has the added benefit of tasting like coffee too, allowing coffee lovers to get the taste of coffee without its side effects. The next time you’re prepping for a busy day or need a pick-me-up to keep you energized and focused, look no further than Unimate Black.*
*May 2023 update: Unimate Black has been discontinued; however, there are still several delicious Unimate flavors to choose from with the same great benefits!
Check out this infographic comparing Unimate Black with coffee and energy drinks!