Looking for a new drink to try at your local coffee shop? Try chai latte! This is a creamy beverage made from traditional Indian tea, herbs, and sweetened milk. You can recognize this drink from the aromatic smell and the distinct flavor of the spices in it.
You can brew chai that uses black tea longer and in hotter temperatures than the one you use for green or oolong. You can brew chai anywhere from 200 and 212 degrees for no longer than five minutes. Chai with a green tea base should be steeped at temperatures of 170 to 190 degrees.
Chai is healthy—the tea itself contains antioxidants that can help digestion and boost heart health, while the milk provides protein and calcium for muscle and bone growth.
What are the ingredients of the tea?
Chai is not from a single plant—the word “chai” is the Hindi word for tea. Traditionally, chai is made from black, oolong, or green tea steeped with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and ginger. The resulting blend is potent, which is why people always add milk and honey when they drink it.
A 16-oz. Chai tea latte with nonfat milk has about 200 calories, so much less than your typical iced coffee. It contains zero grams of fat, less than five milligrams of cholesterol, and 44 grams of carbohydrates. It could also give you 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of calcium and two percent of the daily value of iron.
What makes chai healthy?
Unsweetened chai is not high in calories, carbohydrates, or fat. It also does not contain proteins or vitamins—you get that from the milk or milk substitute you use.
The herbs and spices in chai, though, have plenty of health benefits. Ginger counters nausea, while cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves all have antibacterial properties. Similarly, black pepper is antimicrobial, and it also aids in digestion.
Does chai contain caffeine?
Caffeine occurs naturally in all types of tea. It is a stimulant, so drinking caffeinated beverages is likely to keep you alert and make you feel less tired. A cup of tea has a third of the amount of caffeine in a coffee cup, but tea contains more caffeine per weight than coffee beans.
A 16-oz serving of chai latte that uses black tea contains 100mg of caffeine. In contrast, if the chai uses green or oolong tea, there is less caffeine in it. Generally, the type of tea, the leaves’ location, and the season of the harvest all contribute to the caffeine content.
Are there other benefits to drinking chai?
Ayurvedic medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing traditions, uses chai—it relies on this type of tea for curing problems that have to do with digestion.
Chai contains plenty of antioxidants and flavonoids. These metabolites capture free radicals in the body, toxins that float around your digestive tract and bloodstream. Flavonoids reduce your risk of contracting certain cancers and decrease the likelihood of stroke, heart attack, and even tooth decay.
There are plenty of benefits to drinking chai, from digestive healing to preventing toxins and microbial infections. If you are looking for a drink that is low on fat and calories but high in flavor, chai latte is for you.
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