Cup or Mug?

tea-glassYou know the little tea glasses you get at the roadside tea stalls (now most are plastic, but that’s another story) — these little glasses hold just the right amount of tea that is needed for that morning or afternoon pick up.

The tea is usually strong, milky and sweet giving you an energy boost. The amount of tea in these glasses is approximately 40 ml. The tea cups in our home vary in size but in general a tea cup at home will hold about 50ml. Most of people drink a cup of tea (or coffee) in the morning, a cup in the late afternoon and sometimes in the late morning at the office. So that would make no more than 150ml of tea per day. Each 50 ml cup of this milky sweet tea is about 60 calories and you would be consuming 180 calories of tea per day.

tea cupThese small cups as well as the cup and saucer set have been replaced by larger cups or mugs. Our Indian chai has many healthy properties, especially if you add ginger and other spices. But our sweet strong Indian tea is not meant to be had in such large quantities. All those concentrated¬†spices are not good for your gut and all those calories are not good for your waistline. The new mugs look chic and hip but it just doesn’t suit our Indian chai.

Have you changed from cups to mugs in your home? If so, you may have seen some unexpected weight gain. These large mugs were designed by tea made with tea bags where you require less milk and sugar. In the end it’s all about portions. Think about how many tea calories you are consuming. Make our Indian chai and enjoy it in your old cup and saucer set!

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