Chai 1 oz
In many parts of the world, “chai” is simply the word for tea. However, in the Western world, the word chai has become synonymous with a type of fragrant, spicy Indian tea more accurately referred to as masala chai. What’s more, this beverage may have benefits for heart health, digestion, controlling blood sugar levels and more.
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.
It May Help Improve Heart Health
Chai tea contains cinnamon and black tea, both of which may help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, studies that directly investigate the effects of chai tea are needed.
Chai Tea May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
Chai tea may contribute to better blood sugar control. That’s because it contains ginger and cinnamon, both of which may have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels. For instance, studies show that cinnamon may reduce insulin resistance and fasting blood sugar levels by 10–29%. Lower insulin resistance makes it easier for your body to use insulin to escort sugar out of your blood and into your cells. This can help lower blood sugar levels.
It May Reduce Nausea and Improve Digestion
Chai tea contains ginger, which is well-known for its anti-nausea effects.
Ginger seems especially effective at reducing nausea during pregnancy. In fact, a review of studies conducted on a total of 1,278 pregnant women found that a daily dose of 1.1–1.5 grams of ginger significantly reduced nausea.
This is about the amount of ginger you’d expect to have in one cup of chai.
Chai tea also contains cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, all of which have antibacterial properties that appear to help prevent digestive issues caused by bacterial infections.
Black pepper, another ingredient found in chai tea, appears to have similar antibacterial properties. In addition, animal studies report that black pepper may increase levels of digestive enzymes needed to properly break down foods and support optimal digestion.
It May Help You Lose Weight
Chai tea may help prevent weight gain and promote fat loss in several ways. First, chai tea is generally prepared with cow’s milk or soy milk, both of which are good sources of protein. Protein is a nutrient known to help reduce hunger and promote feelings of fullness.
Research also shows that compounds found in the type of black tea used to make chai may promote fat breakdown and help reduce the number of calories your body absorbs from foods. What’s more, one high-quality study reported that drinking three cups of black tea per day may help prevent unwanted weight gain or gain of belly fat.
However, it’s worth noting that these effects appear to only work over the short term.
Be Aware:Chai tea is generally considered safe, although it does contain caffeine and ginger, which may cause negative effects in some people.