Meta Mate Cancer Research Project

Project Overview

Project Info

von Meta Mate

Can drinking your favourite Mate drink cause cancer? Where do the carcinogens found in Mate arise from? Help us test many samples of Mate for PAH's.
Project closes
07.12.2012
Project goal
600 €
Project closes in
0 days
Total pledges
610 €

101% funded

Objective:

The objective of this project is to clarify the relationship between Mate and Cancer. There are many conflicting reports that either claim that Mate has carcinogenic substances while others state that Mate consumption helps prevent cancer.

It is a fact that the higher anti-oxidant capacities from Mate helps the organism to fight the free radicals which help in cancer prevention, but on the other hand, many studies report the presence of cancerous PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) in Mate.

In December 2012 a series of tests are scheduled to shed light on what causes Mate to be cancerous by comparing many Mate samples that were harvested and processed under different conditions. In order to analyze the carcinogenic substances in Mate we need a bit of help to finance the lab tests that will analyze the PAH levels in the different Mate samples.

History of Mate and Cancer:

Recent studies show that despite the high anti-oxidant capacity there is a dangerous cancerous PAH substance, Benzo(a)pyrene, present in Yerba Mate, but not in the plant. There is a possibility that the carcinogenic substances in Mate arise during the drying process, as this has not been confirmed, we want to discover this.

We will test for the first time the plants, traditionally dried Mate leaves and industrially dried leaves in different stages of production to find out the where the PHA levels appear.

Please refer to our website for more scientific background on Mate

Why do we care:

The project stemmed out of Meta Mate's interest to find the optimal Mate. We are passionate about the Mate we drink and concerned about how it affects the health of consumers.  Mate production went through an industrial revolution over the past 50 years, and no one is certain how much the new processing methods are increasing or decreasing the amount of carcinogenic substances (PAH levels) in Mate.

Mate's popularity is increasing on a global scale as many companies launch Mate drinks and promote this herb as a healthy coffee substitute, however, the market is still new, and many are unaware of the potential risks that Mate consumption could lead to when attention is not given to the preparation methods.

We take our research seriously:

Up until this point we have invested lots of time and effort (including financing 2 trips to Brasil) in researching different production methods and collecting many samples. Fabricio do Canto, from Meta Mate has over the past years concerned himself with Mate production techniques and spent much time researching the traditional ways of harvesting Mate. His knowledge in Mate harvesting techniques is assisting Anne Thieme, a Masters student in Food Technology at the Beuthe University in Berlin, who spent the past semester in Brasil researching Mate harvesting methods, to carry out her research.

All this research has been mostly self-financed. Now there is a chance to research the presence of the most dangerous PAH in different samples of Yerba Mate in a private laboratory . This kind of research cannot be carried out in the University and  we will need about 600€ to complete the tests. All of the money will go towards paying the lab fees and if we get more we will use to further research on how to improve the quality of our Mate!http://www.metamate.cc/about-meta-mate.html

  • 22.11.2012

    If the link in the project description for more information about Meta Mate is not working please look to the bottom of hte description, the URL is there to copy.

    www.metamate.cc/about-meta-mate.html

  • 27.11.2012 (15:22) Meta Mate:

    Thanks for all of your support.  Please do contact us by email, info@metamate.cc regarding the research you are doing.

    In the meantime, here is a great blog report in German about the project. 

    http://www.mate-blog.de/neuigkeiten/crowdfunding-pak-analyse-mate/

  • 25.11.2012 (16:50) marcodilger:

    I'm very interested in the project and will contact you soon. For my PhD project I'm working on some aspects of PAH toxicity and maybe I can help you even further

  • 20.11.2012 (20:56) sao007:

  • 17.11.2012 (18:28) projectmatebar:

    We are proud and honored to fully support the Meta Mate initiative which aims to increase our collective knowledge of Yerba Maté, nature's gift to humanity. 

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  • 5 Euro or more

    1 page report summarizing the findings of this research considering the risk of carcinogenic elements on Mate for the end consumer

    Voltado a consumidores e apaixonados por erva mate. Como premio o patrocinador receberá um email com os resultados avaliando o risco do consumo de erva mate considerando esta pesquisa.

    Supporters » 27

  • 50 Euro or more

    A report with relevant information for companies producing or planing to produce Mate products & an invitation for a presentation of the Analysis on Mate

    Voltado a pequenas e médias empresas produtoras de erva mate ou produtos com erva mate, por exemplo refrigerantes e cosmedicos. Como premio por este apoio o patrocinador recebera o resultado dos exames do laboratório e sera convidado a uma apresentacao do estudo completo.

    Supporters » 5

  • 100 Euro or more

    * 1 page report summarizing the findings of this research considering the risk of carcinogenic elements on Mate for the end consumer.
    * A report with relevant information for companies producing or planing to produce Mate products & an invitation for a presentation of the Analysis on Mate.
    * Naming in a Meta Mate press release as a sponsor of this research and you will receive a PDF of the lab exams and a copy of the evaluation study on PAH's in Erva Mate


    c) Voltado a medias e grandes empresas. Como premio o patrocinador recebera uma copia PDF completa do estudo em alemao e uma consulta sobre os resultados em portugues alem da possibilidade ser mencionada como patrocionadora do estudo na apresentacao do estudo para publico em Geral.

    Supporters » 0

  • 200 Euro or more

    * 1 page report summarizing the findings of this research considering the risk of carcinogenic elements on Mate for the end consumer.
    * A report with relevant information for companies producing or planing to produce Mate products & an invitation for a presentation of the Analysis on Mate.
    * Naming in a Meta Mate press release as a sponsor of this research and you will receive a PDF of the lab exams and a copy of the evaluation study on PAH's in Erva Mate
    * PDF copy of previous research done by Meta Mate and the Beuth University - 'Machbarkeitsstudie zur Etablierung brailianischer Mate-Produkte auf dem deutschen Markt: Chemische und sensorische Untersuchung qualitätsbestimmender Eigenschaften.' and extra lab exams comparing the anti-oxidant levels of different samples of Yerba Mate.

    Para grandes empresas e organizacoes especializadas em erva-mate. Como premio incluimos todos os 3 itens acima mais uma copia em PDF do estudo anterior comparando os valores Anti-oxidante de varias marcas de erva mate assim como a aceitacao destas amostras para o mercado alemao. Com este apoio a empresa ou organizacao recebera como agredecimento uma consulta e recomendacao de como lidar com o assunto Erva Mate e Cancer.

    Supporters » 0

Project Creator

We are Mate Hackers based in Berlin who are researching the traditional indigenous ways of harvesting wild Mate from the forests and promoting the spirit of Mate drinking over all.

We also pride ourselves in being Mate experts and try to research as much as we can about various harvesting processes for Mate, different types of Mate and different Mate drinking rituals.