Mandala Chai – The Healthy Chai Latte Alternative
Why coconut milk?
The main ingredient in Mandala Chai Powder is coconut milk. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. Coconut milk is enjoyed by those on a Paleo or vegetarian/vegan diet.
What about fat content?
Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). In particular, one called lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms.
MCFAs are rapidly metabolised into energy in the liver, so they are believed to be used up more quickly by the body and are less likely to be stored as fat.
What about sugar?
The second ingredient in Mandala Chai is coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is a source of minerals, vitamin C, B vitamins, and some amino acids and has a lower glycemic index to table sugar or corn syrup. The glycemic index (GI) is the rate of how fast blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular type of food. A high GI means that the food is rapidly absorbed by the body, spiking the blood sugar causing the pancreas to release large amounts of insulin. A low GI indicates a food that is more slowly absorbed, thereby preventing that health damaging insulin spike.
Raw cacao is considered a ‘super food’ due to it’s various health benefits, which include; lowering insulin resistance, protecting the nervous system, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease/stroke, reducing blood pressure and elevating mood. Cacao is also high in magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.
Turmeric (in Mandala Chai Gold)
Turmeric powder gives Mandala Chai Gold its vibrant yellow colour. The powder is obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family and is usually used in Asian cooking. Turmeric also has a long history of medicinal applications for conditions including jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in the urine, hemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence, and colic. It is widely recognised for its anti-inflammatory properties.
What are these other amazing flavours?
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is associated with lowering insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels and fighting bacterial and fungal infections.
Cardamom has been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic health traditions. It is associated with curing teeth and gum infections, throat problems, congestion of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis, inflammation of the eyelids, gastrointestinal disorders, disintegrating kidney, and gall bladder stones, and was also used as an antidote for poisons and venoms.
Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
Many Mandala Chai drinkers have reported a better nights sleep after drinking before bedtime. We make no scientific claims to back their reports, but try it for yourself and see if you have the same experience!