So the first cab off the rank, I’m taking the plunge and writing my first blog.

my blog will be light, informative, passionate and all things health and wellbeing. My goal?to inspire and educate others to lead a happy, healthy, wholesome lifestyle.

So my first post is about Chai, my go to warming cup of delicious and nutritious spicy goodness.

Yours too? read on.

Do you often go to cafe’s and order a “Chai Latte” ?

How many of us are actually aware of the ingredients found in most  “Chai Lattes?” if you are not ordering Chai tea which is black, has spices and tea leaves, I hate to tell you, but you’re not really drinking “Chai”, your drinking preservatives, sugar and processed gunk.

Did you know Chai originated in Asia? Mostly from Northern India, Tibet and Western China? The original blend was made from black tea and spices, including ginger, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves which were ground up into a fine dust and mixed with milk and honey served warm and creamy. If you’ve ever been to India and experienced the Chaiwallas in the north you’d know exactly what I’m talking about.

Sadly traditional ways of producing tea and many other product, end up being lengthy and pricey, Companies cut corners to make bulk, cheap packaged goods to sell to the masses.

Have you ever noticed the “Chai” boxes or tins at your local cafe? Have you ever asked to take a look at what the ACTUAL ingredients are of the so called “Chai” you are having? Ask next time.

These days with gut problems on the rise and recent research linking gastrointestinal integrity with disease, I guess I just wanted to take the focus back to basics of everyday items we have in our diets that may be harming us! People need to be aware of the preservatives, sugars and nasties that are going into packaged goods these days and make the right choices.

We get so hung up on the next detox program, the next fad diet, the new trend of eliminating certain foods because a celebrity told us to. I think it starts with something as simple as your morning Chai! So I’m starting with educating you on why you should choose which type you have and why!

Below I compare a powdered packaged Chai available in supermarkets, similar powders are sold and made in “Chai Latte” at local cafes to a simple recipe for an original chai tea mix.

Please keep in mind I am not demoting or promoting any products here, I’m simply using this as an example of powdered products on the market as they are all quite toxic.

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Lipton Chai Latte Drink

Nutrition Facts & Ingredients

Serving Size250ml
Servings Per Container8, 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories110
% Daily Value*
Total Fat3.4 2%
Saturated Fat2.7 <2%
Sodium80
Total Carbohydrate17
Sugars16.6
Protein2.6
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Milk solids (50%), sugar, vegetable fat, flavours (contain milk, soybean derivatives), glucose syrup (from wheat), instant tea powder, (3%), mineral salts (340, 341, 452), emulsifiers (471, 472c), ascorbic acid, colour (beta-carotene)
Allergens: Milk, Wheat and Soyabean

Serving Size – 250ml – around a large cup

For every cup of this you have you are ingesting 16.6grams of SUGAR. That is 5 teaspoons of sugar people!

Have two a day?? double it! 

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Watch this space for a separate post regarding the harmful effects of sugar.

What exactly is “Instant tea powder’? if someone could shed some light here that would be great as I have no idea, the packaging is not very descriptive!

Numbers in product descriptions mean preservatives and additives, meaning there are 5 added in each satchel of this so called “Chai”.

Preservatives can cause a range of issues including hyperactivity in children, anxiety in adults, high blood sugar levels and skin irritation, to name a few.

Also why would this product contain wheat? – I’ll tell you why, as a cheap filler along with the sugar!!

Read carefully when reading products – the first three ingredients in a product are usually the bulk of the product.

This reads, Milk solids, Sugar, Vegetable fats. Not one part of that says to me “Chai” !!!!!???

A post from wellness mama will have you rethinking your vegetable oil consumption, especially heated!

http://wellnessmama.com/2193/never-eat-vegetable-oil/

 

 

Original Chai Properties

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Black tea – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory

Cardamon – detoxifying digestive

Cinnamon – known to lower blood sugar levels

Cloves – sooth the lining of intestines aiding in digestion, also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Ginger – anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic

Honey – boasts high mineral content, antiseptic, antibacterial

there are many other beautiful benefits to these wonderful spices, but you get the gist.

Remember, anything that is packaged, mass produced, has ingredients you don’t even know, is plain and simply put,

NOT GOOD FOR YOU!

This post wasn’t to make you feel bad about what you are doing, instead to encourage you to take ownership of your health. Recognise what are you having everyday and how something so small and seemingly insignificant could be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.

Take charge of your own wellness, One Chai at a time!

Keep your knowledge up and follow me, more posts to come. I will take suggestions on topics you’d like to know more of too!

Till next time,

Sarah x

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates.

 

 

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