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|Healthy Drinks - Tea|
Also Known As: Chai
Chai is the word for tea in many areas of the world. Pronounced like the word pie, this tea is a spiced milk that originated in India.
The spices used to make this tea vary depending on the region it comes from. The most commonly used are cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pepper.
Chai served hot, iced, or even frozen has become popular at specialty beverage shops. There are prepackaged products sold in grocery stores.
What is Chai Tea? Chai Tea is made with black or green leaf tea mixed with varying spices and milk. The most popular base tea is Assam, a strong black tea, but Kashmiri chai is brewed with gunpowder tea.
Chai Tea Preparation:
Spice ingredients for a pot of tea:
Other ingredients needed to make a pot of chai tea:
Directions for Making Chai Tea:
Home Remedies Using Chai Tea:
Benefits of Chai Tea:
Indian chai health benefits can vary based on the recipe used. Generally Chai Tea can produce a warming, soothing effect. It acts as a natural digestive aid and can also provide a short burst of energy due to the caffeine in the tea.
Many commercially produced products have little tea, no spices, and lots of sugar so make sure you read the labels.
All teas whether black or green have anti-oxidant properties. It works as an anti-inflammatory, and has less caffeine than coffee and is often used as a coffee substitute.
While the spices vary, many Chai recipes include the following:
Side Effects of Chai Tea:
There are no known side effects of Chai Tea, except those associated with heavy caffeine use. The side effects of caffeine might include restlessness, sleeplessness, and irritability.