These days it feels as though whenever we read a magazine or scroll through Instagram we’re faced with an onslaught of warnings and nutritional advice that often confuses rather than clears things up for us. Instead of just enjoying our food, often we find ourselves asking ‘is this healthy?!’ before we dig in. If you love chai but are conscious about making healthy choices and optimising the nutritional content of foods you enjoy every day, don’t worry – the answer to the question ‘are chai lattes healthy?’ is most certainly yes! Here we explain why – and how you can maximise the health benefits of your daily cup of chai for an even tastier and more satisfying mid-morning treat.
Chai lattes naturally contain a host of beneficial nutrients and minerals
The traditional blend of warming chai spice naturally offers a range of nutritional goodies for health conscious hot drink lovers. Ginger for instance aids digestion and reduces inflammation, whilst cinnamon offers a potent source of antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Fragrant cardamom protects heart health and can improve mood. Our unique and carefully developed blend only contains pure, natural and whole spices for a bold, full-bodied flavour and bountiful health benefits. Read more about each ingredient and its unique benefits for body and mind here.
Chai lattes are a low-caffeine alternative to coffee
A warming, spicy chai latte offers a healthy and reduced caffeine alternative to coffee – especially on cold, rainy days! Small quantities of caffeine are not harmful – but when consumed in high amounts it can cause heart palpitations, gut problems and dehydration. Replacing just one of your daily cups of coffee with a delicious masala chai latte could make a huge difference.
The type of milk you choose makes a difference
Chai lattes are traditionally brewed just with milk, or with a blend of water and milk. Full fat dairy milk has actually been shown to be much more beneficial than skimmed or semi-skimmed milk for anyone watching their weight, or wanting to maximise the nutritional value of their milk. If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan there are plenty of tasty plant-based alternatives that work really well with chai spice. Opt for unsweetened versions – as sweetened dairy-free milks can be loaded with refined sugar. Read more about the best types of milk to use with chai lattes here.
Avoid syrups and powders if you prefer a healthy chai latte
Chai spices are most beneficial when they are pure, high quality and have been carefully sourced, blended and crushed whole. Processed powders and syrups often lose certain micronutrients and tend to be loaded with refined sugars, which have been shown to contribute to weight gain, risk of diabetes and other health issues. It’s best to opt for whole spices and loose leaf chai lattes if you’re looking to maximise health benefits.