Do you enjoy your tea with a little spice? Chai Tea is becoming more popular in America due to its range of flavors depending on your preference. Chai Tea is a black tea that has had spices blended through it making it the perfect base for a wide range of Tea based flavors. Black tea also is a caffeine-based plant, so if you are drinking black tea, you will also be consuming caffeine.
Black Tea Ingredients
Black Tea is the perfect base for flavor infusion which can incorporate some different spices depending on what taste and health benefits you are trying to achieve. Some of the spice blends include black pepper, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, and green cardamom. There is a wealth of flavor combinations available that are carefully blended and that use recipes that are generations old.
The particular spice blend that forms part of the recipe is brewed together and mixed with your choice of black tea. The tea can be the raw black tea or an infusion that is readily available off the market shelf. These infusions include Daarjeling, English breakfast, and Ceylon being the more popular ones. Once brewed and poured some choose to add milk and a sweetener such as honey.
Chai Tea Caffeine Content
As mentioned, Chai Tea naturally contains caffeine; it is in its DNA as a plant. There are brands of decaffeinated tea available for those tea drinkers that have a low tolerance to caffeine. Because the caffeine is a natural element in black tea, there is no scientific way to measure the amount per cup as it is not only the plants natural caffeine strength but also a range of other variables such as how long you brew the tea for, how long you steeped the bag in hot water for are just two examples.
As an estimation only, you can gauge that, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, when brewed for 3 minutes there is a broad range on the caffeine scale that ranges from 30 to 80 milligrams. As Chai Tea has a general base of black tea before the spice addition, you can use black tea as a reference for caffeine content.
The maximum range of the caffeine at 80 milligrams per cup equals the very lower part of the field for coffee which can have between 75 to 150 milligrams per cup.
Daily Caffeine Recommendations
For most healthy people up to 400 milligrams per day of caffeine is considered moderate cites MedlinePlus. Caffeine tolerance can come down to a range of issues with genetics leading the list of reasons.
Due to the way that the caffeine boosts the central nervous system that raises your levels of alertness. Drinking too much caffeine, however, can interfere with your bodies systems leaving you anxious, jittery and not being able to sleep comfortably.
Women who are pregnant, like alcohol should limit their consumption of caffeine to under 300 milligrams daily and the less the better. The American Pregnancy Association has suggested that the significant preference is to avoid caffeine where possible, or at least to switch to low caffeine alternatives. A study conducted found that lower birth weight was linked to caffeine which was released in a report by BMC Medicine in 2013.
Another research group reviewed the caffeine ingested by Chinese and Japanese tea during pregnancy found that women were at risk of preterm babies who consumed more caffeine products.
The herbs listed in chai tea were not listed as unsafe due to their natural makeup by the APA. However, it is recommended that you make an appointment and discuss your caffeine usage with your doctor.