It’s quite easy to define a chai latte. It’s not that different from a simple latte, but what little difference it does have might matter a lot to some of you.
Instead of the coffee, like in a latte, chai latte uses chai/tea.
The primary chai latte ingredients are steamed milk, the chai or tea, and water.
Every coffee shop has come up with their own unique chai latte recipe in order to satisfy their customers by serving them an unforgettable cup of chai latte.
Albeit, a lot of them decided to go with the traditional chai latte. The ones who thrive for uniqueness veer off course and add a certain ingredient that makes their chai latte "a special" on their menu.
Quite a few of us have made the mistake of assuming that “Chai Tea” and “Chai Latte” are the same beverages.
But that is not the case. The ingredients used might be somewhat similar but the process of preparing them differs. The word “Chai” refers to tea in various languages and it’s one of the major reasons behind many of us confusing a Chai tea with a Chai Latte.
Chai tea requires loose leaf chai/tea that has to be infused, whereas a chai latte, usually prepared by baristas in the shop are prepared from a chai concentrate or chai powder that comes out of a bag.
Now that you understand the basic difference between these let’s get to the qualities of Chai Latte that will help you comprehend how effective Chai Latte is for your health.
Listed below are few Chai latte benefits or as we like to call them the qualities of Chai that will keep you coming back for more.
Caffeine is one of the essential ingredients of the Chai composition. Every category or type of tea has some amount of caffeine in it. Let's take a look at the caffeine content in some of the popular types of teas.
Green Tea: 35 to 45 mg per tea cup.
Black Tea: 40 to 70 mg per tea cup.
White Tea: 15 to 30 mg per tea cup.
Oolong Tea: 37 to 55 mg per tea cup.
Herbal Tea: No caffeine. (Ex. chamomile tea, peppermint tea).
Chai has the same amount of caffeine as black tea. Chai powder or chai concentrate is prepared from the infusion of black tea with various other ingredients some of which we’ll see as we go through each quality of chai
Coming back to the point at hand i.e. the benefits of caffeine.
Caffeine has been keeping us alert and it has also been banishing the fatigue and lethargy that grips us in midst of the day. Adenosine is a neural chemical that induces fatigue and sleepiness. As caffeine has a molecular structure similar to that of adenosine it binds the chemical (Adenosine) and in turn, makes us alert.
Caffeine has plenty of benefits related to brain function and memory. It has been known to boost long-term memory and also contribute a lot to your thinking and decision-making skills.
There have been studies conducted on mice that have proven that it reduces the risk of Alzheimer's and let’s not forget Parkinson's. Both of these diseases get worse as the stages progress making the final stage the worse for the patients. Studies like these have given us hope for having a better chance of being prepared for such diseases.
Cinnamon is one of the ingredients used in preparing the chai powder used in the chai latte. Studies have shown that cinnamon has properties that assist in stabilizing blood pressure and reducing bad cholesterol level.
Various studies have proven that daily consumption of 1 to 3 glasses of chai reduces the risk of a coronary heart disease. The same study has also observed that regular chai consumption improves bone mineral density and takes care of tooth decay.
Ginger has several health benefits one of which is its quality to soothe an upset stomach and curb nausea during pregnancy.
Ginger’s anti-fungal properties are the reason it is able to cure fungal infections that are caused due to the yeast. It can cure a fungal infection in your mouth as well as other places. Several studies have shown that ginger is able to block bacterial infection. It can prevent gum disease which is caused by a strain of bacteria.
Let’s get back to how chai improves digestion. Other ingredients used in preparing the chai powder such as cardamom, cinnamon and cloves have antibacterial qualities and most of the digestive issues are caused because of these bacterial infections. These are the same ingredients that help relieve nausea.
Anything that shows even hints of being a preventive measure or reversing it is a better step to take than no step at all. Studies have shown that cardamom has reduced the number of tumors in animals.
Although there have been no conclusive results provided by any study yet, studies carried out on tea have shown a lot of positive potential in the right direction. We hope to update this post with more positive studies supporting the consumption of tea.
This benefit is a sure way to bust the myth about chai latte assisting in weight gain. So, is chai latte fattening? We’ll learn how it does exactly the opposite of that.
It is a very natural way to shed weight. You don’t have to go out of your way and search for foods on weight loss. Just make sure that chai latte is a part of your diet. It is because the black pepper in it helps your body break down the fat cells which are then easier to process.
Preparing chai requires milk, either cow’s milk or soy milk, both of which are a rich source of protein. Protein has been known to reduce your appetite.
A study has recently concluded that chai might give you a hand in shedding belly fat. It also promotes the breaking down of fats and ensures that your body absorbs fewer calories to begin with.
We are pretty sure that you don’t need an added incentive to drink a cup of chai latte. But these qualities might surely change your mind if you were thinking about reducing your chai latte intake or taking it off your daily diet checklist.