All about Chai
In the west, chai tends to pop up in all sorts of unlikely places (looking at you, chai lattes), but in India, chai is more than just the word for ‘tea’, it’s a way of life. We’re not overstating the point when we say that every facet of Indian society, from beautiful Bollywood starlets to the average Joe in the streets, is completely steeped in the milky sweet spice blend known as ‘chai’. For centuries, morning, noon and night, on trains, in cafes and homes, the country has been constantly enjoying this wonderfully enlivening beverage. For our blend, we’ve opted for a classically balanced combination of chai tea spices —ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon— that give rise to that indomitable chai flavor.
Chai tea benefits
Lipton Chai tea can help you make the most of everyday. It gives you the uplift you need to stay focused and embrace whatever comes your way.
- Tea is a delicious way to help you achieve the recommended daily fluid intake of 2-2.5 liters a day.1 The first ingredient in tea is water, which is needed by your body to run at its best. Tea is 99.5% water making it just as hydrating and refreshing as water. water.2, 3 Don’t be daunted by the chore of hydrating. Sit back, sip, enjoy!
- A daily consumption of at least 400mg flavonoids may help maintain a healthy heart as part of a diet consistent with dietary guidelines. Flavonoid content varies amongst tea types, but just one cup can contain anywhere from 100 to 150 mg compared to 37 mg of flavonoids in 1 cup of fresh orange juice!4
- Tea has less caffeine than coffee.5 For those looking for less caffeine, black tea has about half the caffeine as coffee and keeps you hydrated!
- Unsweetened tea contains zero calories: Choosing beverages with no added sugars in place of sugar-sweetened beverages can contribute to a healthy diet consistent with dietary guidelines.6
Get the best from your brew
Packed with rich, fragrant spices and lovely with a splash of milk, we think our chai is an incredible way to awaken your senses and get the day started right.
To experience its full spicy flavor of our chai tea benefits from a steep time of around 2 – 3 minutes, this will let those vibrant spices really make themselves known. Your brew should have an attractive, clear amber color and, due to the cornucopia of fragrant spices all jostling for attention, will naturally taste bold and intense. Traditionally, chai is served up sweet and milky to take the edge off those heavy-duty spices.
Beyond the brew: Fun facts
- Now that you know about the benefits of chai tea, find out how Lipton benefits others through our sustainable sourcing practices and partnership with the Rainforest Alliance!
- Founder Sir Thomas Lipton felt that tea should be a drink for everyone, not just the wealthy, so he strived to make packaging and shipping less expensive. Read more about his legacy here.
- For thousands of years, tea has been getting us ready to seize the day ahead. Learn more about its fascinating history.
1The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively
2Ruxton CH and Hart VA. Black tea is not significantly different from water in the maintenance of normal hydration in human subjects: results from a randomized controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 106(4): 588-95, 2011.
3Ruxton CH, Phillips F and Bond T. Is Tea a healthy source of hydration? Br Nutrition Foundation. Nutrition Bulletin, 40, 166-176.
4US Department of Agriculture Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods Release 3.2. September 2015, slightly revised November 2015. 1 cup of fresh orange contains approx. 37mg, 1 medium sied red apple contains approx. 45 mg, 1 cup of cooked broccoli contains approx. 3 mg
5US Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28, released September 2015, slightly revised May 2016.
6U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/ .