Cutting Chai in monsoon…Good or Bad ?

When the monsoon clouds on the horizon and sipping a hot cup of tea always gives you pleasure beyond description . Mumbai is the place where people belonging BMW or MERC Cars parking them roadside to take a sip of cutting chay in this rainy season. .

I really feel pity when patients says I stopped drinking tea due to acidity or started black tea to control weight . How can they miss joys of tea when rain is showering happiness in monsoon and why tea is becoming culprit for acidity and obesity .?

When drinking milk is source of calcium and protein then how it can change properties when added to tea. its true that Milk tea should be avoided in certain medical conditions like diabetes , Anemia etc and not in normal healthy individual .

Tea has antioxidant , Flavonoid and carotenoid helps to prevent aging early .It has catechin helps to avoid heart disease and 25 types of  Amino acid as supplements. Tannin content inhibits iron absorption but when taken in large quantity .

Many people complains that green tea doesn’t have taste and without sugar it’s just like a warm water . But still taking every day for good health . Without taste how it could be for refreshment or relaxing mind . Green tea is good for health no doubt but regular tea is not bad actually . 4 cup of tea per day never gives ill effects to the body . Milk and tea both are not culprits for bad health effects but sugar is when taken more than body  requirement .

American heart association is one of the first to issue guideline on daily  sugar intake . In women it’s 100 calories daily which means 6 table spoons and in men it is 150 calories which is 9 tablespoon . Healthy diet plan for daily food is 1200 calories per day . One chapati is about 100 calories .If you are taking sugar 6 tablespoon then you can balance your other food menu for 1100 calories to maintain healthy body . Isn’t it ?  So its more important to choose healthy meals rather than blaming poor tea.

Ayurveda believes body composed by three doshas. ..vaat,  pitta and cough . When these 3 doshas are balanced one can stay healthy throughout his life .

Tea is refreshing , detoxifying and stress buster when drank with added combination  of effective herbs or spices . We can choose healthy ways to drink regular tea to enjoy it without health problems.

Few Healthy ways to drink regular milk tea –
1. Always eat some healthy cookies ,  wheat toast , sandwich or Marie biscuits along with your tea instead of only tea .
2. Lower down sugar in your regular milk tea to control calorie intake . Drink without sugar when sipping road side tapri cutting chai as continuous boiling always make it little sweet .
3. When making at home don’t boil black tea for long time as Tannin comping in tea gives bitter taste and less iron absorption .
4. Once you make back tea add little milk and then stop boiling .
5. English breakfast tea is the perfect combination of balanced tea .
6. You can switch to skimmed milk or skimmed milk powder to control more calories .
7. Soya milk can be added to black tea which makes it more healthy .

You don’t have to go for organic or herbal tea but try some experiments at your home with ginger , tulsi, lemongrass or various spices like clove , cinnamon , cardamom etc. Make your own ayurvedic tea at home and enjoy !. Each herb adds special effects to tea and makes tea more healthy hot drink option .  We can choose spices as per season , age or health problem . We will discuss in next article Which herb or spice to be choose as per regular lifestyle . Switch to right the way  but don’t run away from your traditional food habits. They are in your soul and missing them means missing internal happiness .

Curl up on the sofa and start sipping …
Say cheers to cutting chai this monsoon !!




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