Chai tea is a sweet and spicy tea renowned for its fragrant aroma. Depending on where you come from, you may recognize it as masala chai. However, for the purpose of clarity, this article will use the term “chai tea” throughout. Chai tea is made from a combination of black tea, ginger, and other spices. The most popular spices include cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, and cloves, although star anise, coriander seeds and peppercorns are other well-liked options.
Unlike regular tea, which is brewed with water, chai tea is traditionally brewed using both warm water and warm milk. It also tends to be sweetened to varying degrees. Chai lattes are another popular way to consume the tea. People make these by adding a shot of chai tea concentrate to steamed milk, which produces a beverage containing more milk than you would find in a typical cup of chai tea.
Chai tea can be purchased in most cafés but is also easy to make at home, either from scratch, premixed tea bags or a store-bought concentrate.
What’s more, chai tea has been linked to a variety of health benefits.
- Improve heart health
- Reduce blood sugar
- May Reduce Nausea and Improve Digestion
- May Help You Lose Weight
Dosage and Safety
Currently, there’s no consensus on how much chai tea the average person would need to drink to reap the health benefits listed above. Most studies focus on the benefits of individual ingredients, which makes it difficult to determine the actual amount of chai tea or the specific recipe you would need to maximize these benefits. Additionally, it’s important to note that chai tea contains caffeine, which some people can be sensitive to. When consumed in excess, caffeine may cause a variety of unpleasant effects, including anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure, and poor sleep. Individuals should avoid consuming more than 400 mg of caffeine per day — and during pregnancy, no more than 200 mg. That said, typical intakes of chai tea are unlikely to exceed these recommendations.
Each cup (240 ml) of chai tea is expected to contain around 25 mg of caffeine. That’s half the caffeine dose provided by the same quantity of black tea, and one-quarter that of the typical cup of coffee.
Due to chai tea’s ginger content, individuals prone to low blood pressure or low blood sugar, or who are taking blood-thinning medication, may want to limit their intake or keep it in the lower end of the range.
Individuals who are lactose intolerant may want to opt for chai teas made from plant-based milk or only water.
Information Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/chai-tea#section1
Each tea bag contains approximately 2 tsp of loose-leaf tea to make a rather strong 12-16 oz cup of tea. With herbal teas, you can use these tea bags twice and get 2 delicious cups of tea from each tea bag.
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1 tea bag per 12-16 oz of boiling water. You can adjust this ratio to your desired taste.
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* 10 tea bags (approx. 1.5 oz of tea per bag)