Delicious Low Caffeine or Caffeine-Free Alternatives

Delicious Low Caffeine or Caffeine-Free Alternatives

Coffee and tea are popular and enjoyable beverages. However, drinking more than a few cups a day may affect your health. High consumption of caffeinated drinks can increase blood pressure, raise cholesterol levels and cause dehydration. If this is a concern, why not replace one or more cups a day with these delicious alternatives?

Chai latte is becoming an increasingly popular choice in coffee shops while redbush tea (or rooibos) is an ideal drink for the evening because it tastes like tea but is caffeine-free. Peppermint tea is a refreshing drink that soothes your stomach. 

Chai Latte 

If you always order a cappuccino or a latte at your local coffee shop, why not try a chai latte instead? A chai latte is a tea-based drink blended with spices and topped with frothed milk. Chai comes from India where sweet, spiced tea is sold at market stalls and from small vans.

The combination of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg gives the tea a warm, comforting flavor, making it a perfect pick-me-up on a cold winter day. In the summer, an iced chai latte is a refreshing alternative to an iced coffee.

If you are looking to reduce the amount of caffeine that you consume, chai latte is a good choice because it is lower in caffeine than other coffee and tea-based drinks sold in coffee shops. However, the caffeine content of chai latte can vary significantly between coffee shops.

Some coffee shops use a powdered chai latte mix containing an extract of black tea, which accounts for between one percent and five percent of the total ingredients. Chai lattes based on these mixes tend to be very low in caffeine as they only contain a small amount of black tea extract.

Other coffee shops, such as Starbucks, prepare chai latte using black tea. In this case, the caffeine content of chai latte is higher than if a powdered chai latte mix is used but not as high as other coffee or tea-