Tuesday June 19, 2018

Chai: Health Benefits that will make you fall in love with Indian Teas!

5 Popular Indian Teas that you must know about.

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Different types of Tea in India. Image source: healthytea101.blogspot.com
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  • Tea dates back to the Ramayana ages in India and that’s nearly 2000 years ago
  • 3000 varieties, 0gram of fat and the most widely consumed drink in the world after water
  • India is also the world’s second largest exporter of tea

Mere liye bhi ek chai chotu!”- a line indigenous to almost all people of India. Tea is India’s one of the most loved brewed beverage, something that includes a group of friends under the ‘chhat’ during rains sipping some ‘adrak wali’ cutting chai. It’s a cup of heavenly goodness that you share with your friends, family and partners on a cold winter morning to take the edge off.  In short, one cannot get enough of Tea for the flavours and the benefits that it brings with it. Tea, now the world’s second most popular beverage is loved by India’s from the core of their heart.

Let’s look at the list of India’s top favorite teas:

  1. Masala Chai

    Masala chai
    Masala chai. Image Source :   www.recipeshubs.com

    Masala tea is very dear to Indians, due to the rich flavour of spices. It consists of 6 different additions to the regular tea namely: elaichi, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and herbs. Have a sip of this when it’s piping hot and you’ll forget all the worldly worries. Brewing black tea with the list of Indian spices above makes a good cup of Masala tea. Wagh Bakri Premix, Tetley Masala, and Society Masala teas are the one’s that get off the racks really fast.

     Health Benefits: Prevents body inflammation and fatigue


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  1. Butter Tea

    Butter Tea . Image Source:www.healthy-holistic-living.com
    Butter Tea . Image Source:www.healthy-holistic-living.com

    This tea is also called gur-gur and is the most common drink in Ladakh. The favorite of the Himalayan nomads, this drink contains an enormous amount of calories. It’s prepared by adding butter, water, salt and tea leaves. People inhabiting the Himalayan regions are known to drink 40 cups of these per day!

    Health Benefits: It has an insane amount of fat but is good for people who live in high         altitudes, it’s the fat that keeps one warm. Adding to that, it also helps prevent chapped         lips due to the buttery greasiness.

3.    Assam Tea

Assam Tea. Image source: www.businessinsider.in
Assam Tea. Image source: www.businessinsider.in

Assam tea is also known as ‘Breakfast tea’, it’s named after its region of production, Assam in India. Assam tea is a black tea and is manufactured from a plant called Camellia sinensis var. The cultivation and production are so exclusive that they have their own time zones called the ‘Tea Garden Time’ which is one hour ahead of the IST.

Health Benefits: Can help prevent certain cancers such as ovarian cancer and lung cancer. It has antioxidants that can lower your blood pressure.

4.    Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling Tea. Image source: www.teekampagne.de
Darjeeling Tea. Image source: www.teekampagne.de

Black, green, oolong, and white are some of the many varieties of this world famous tea. It’s a tea from West Bengal in India and is also known as ‘muscatel’ due to its spiciness.

Health Benefits: It can almost be assumed as a prescribed medicine for gastric ulcers. This one also prevents obesity as well.

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5.    Nilgiri Tea

Nilgiri Tea. Image source: www.exportersindia.com
Nilgiri Tea. Image source: www.exportersindia.com


Nilgiri tea is as popular as the Darjeeling and Assam tea. It’s a tea extensively grown in the Western Ghats. Also known as the blue mountain tea, it makes a great iced tea.

Health Benefits : It helps reduce weight and fight diabetes. 

-by Karishma Vanjani, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @BladesnBoots


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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Masala chai is the most preferred chai of all time in India as it is easily available. If you do not get masala chai, you can always have adrak wali chai!

  • Aparna Gupta

    Tea is known for its medicinal purpose also. Masala Chai can provide relief from cough and cold.Similarly green tea can help in reducing fat.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Masala chai is the most preferred chai of all time in India as it is easily available. If you do not get masala chai, you can always have adrak wali chai!

  • Aparna Gupta

    Tea is known for its medicinal purpose also. Masala Chai can provide relief from cough and cold.Similarly green tea can help in reducing fat.

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Beat The Summer Heat With The Right Drink

With summer comes the struggle to find the right thirst quencher as opting for aerated drinks can add unnecessary body weight. Try lassi, coconut water and sugarcane juice, suggest experts.

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Drink at least one glass of vegetable juice to increase the fiber intake. Pixabay

With summer comes the struggle to find the right thirst quencher as opting for aerated drinks can add unnecessary body weight. Try lassi, coconut water and sugarcane juice, suggest experts.

Culinary researcher Akanksha Dean lists some healthy thirst quenchers to opt for in this scorching summer:

* Coconut water: The most natural drink after regular water to keep oneself hydrated. It is naturally refreshing and boasts of a sweet nutty taste. Coconut water is the clear liquid that is extracted from a young green coconut, usually a harvest between 5-7 months. It rehydrates the body as it comprises of processed carbohydrates in the form of electrolytes and sugar, which in turn help balance the water levels in the body.

It is sweet in flavour, but can also be enjoyed in a savoury form. It is an excellent digestive and helps in energising the body as well.
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* Lemonade: Possibly the most popular beverage in the world, it helps energise your body as well as kill your thirst. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and helps in improving digestion. The good part about this beverage is that it helps in cleansing your body and reduces the risk of experiencing heartburn or bloating.

* Lassi: The beverage is traditionally served in earthen clay pots, referred to as ‘matkas’, which aid in providing the instant coolness that is associated with the drink. This smoothie-like drink is made from yoghurt and boasts of a creamy texture. It is sweet in flavour, but can also be enjoyed in a savoury form. It is an excellent digestive and helps in energising the body as well.

* Sugarcane juice: This is the perfect drink to beat the summertime heat. It also serves as an energy drink. A glass of cold sugarcane juice can help rebuild the depleting energy levels in your body. It is rich in antioxidants, acts as a diuretic and helps keep your liver strong.

 

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Dietician Jasleen Kaur, also the Founder of Just Diet, said: “It is loaded with abundant carbohydrates, proteins and minerals that our body needs. It is rich in antioxidants so it is great for dehydration. It has a surprising number of health benefits.”

She lists some benefits of sugarcane juice:

* Immunity booster: Sugarcane juice is one of the best sources of instant energy. It is full of essential antioxidants that help our immune system. It reduces infections in the stomach, liver and respiratory zone. It fights against a number of diseases like cancer. It can help you to boost energy levels.

* Rich in antioxidants: Sugarcane juice helps in cleansing the harmful toxins and other bad components from our body. It helps in boosting the metabolism of the body. It contains natural sugar which helps us to manage our weight.

Also Read: 12 things you must know about cold drinks in India

* Helps in proper digestion: Sugarcane juice acts as a good digestive tonic. It is very useful in treating the problem of constipation. It also helps maintain the acid base balance in our body.

* Removes mouth odour: If you have a problem of bad breath or mouth odour, you should consider sugarcane juice as a home remedy. It contains calcium that helps build our strength including bones and teeth. (IANS)