Big Train Chai

Besides Masala Chai, the Big Train Chai is the other favourite of mine. There are many flavours you can choose from Big Train Chai, which, might make your days full of surprise with you taste a new Chai. Do you know why this tea brand is called “big train”? Take a look at the next paragraph.

Big Train Chai History

The Big Tain Chai fan from Ifood company states that

Big Train is a brand of beverage mixes, including Chai and Iced Coffee mixes. The company has now more than 200 products and keeps on innovating different drink mixes that are easy to make and taste good.

big train chai is a combination of iced coffee and Indian chai

Big Train was founded in 1991, and the name was kept “Big Train” because the company symbolizes constant motion and strength.  The company is headquarted in Lake Forest, CA and also has its manufacturing plant next to the corporate office. Big Train has been exporting its products to the various countries like Saudi Arabia, Mexico, France, Canada, Denmark, Chile, South Korea, Australia, and many others. Big Train started its journey by first distributing its products to the coffee shops; however, now it supports many distributors, restaurants, concessionaires, boutiques, and other business to serve the guests, and customers the delicious beverages.      

This Chai surely is popular around the world! What makes it so successful? As you wonder, let’s see what the Big Train Chai has in its nutrition value.

Big Train Chai Nutrition

Big Train Chai Ph.D. Anne reveals the nutrition contains in Big Train Chai as the following.

Chai is a type of tea that is brewed with traditional Indian herbs and spices. Big Train makes several chai tea powdered drink mixes. The mix contains regular or decaffeinated chai tea, milk or milk substitute and a sweetener, which is combined with water to make a hot or iced chai drink. The nutritional value of the chai depends primarily on the type of sweetener that is used. Expect most flavors of Big Train chai to contain carbohydrates, protein, fat and calcium.

All of the Big Train chai flavors contain some calories. The low-carbohydrate variety contains 60 calories. Most of the other flavors have approximately 140 calories per serving. The nutritional content is similar for most flavors. The regular spiced chai contains 3 g of fat, all from saturated fat. Big Train chai does not contain any trans fat or cholesterol. A serving of a spiced chai has 25 g of carbohydrates, with 22 g from sugars and no dietary fiber. An 8 oz. cup of Big Train spiced chai has 2 g of protein.

Vitamins, Minerals

Big Train chai is not a significant source of vitamins, except some varieties offer 2 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. Salt is used as a flavoring, so expect sodium in all varieties of Big Train chai. The spiced chai flavor contains 60 mg of sodium or 3 percent of the daily value for this nutrient. A serving of a spiced chai has 8 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium. Big Train chai is not a significant source of iron. 

It is good to know the nutrition facts of Big Train Chai, especially for people that are watching their daily calories intake for fitness purpose. And now, let’s see what health benefits the Big Train Chai has to offer.

If you want to get to know the people behind Big Train, check out their somewhat funny video:

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Big Train Chai Health Benefits

One staff from a Chai store shows to us what health benefits a Chai drinker can obtain from the Big Train Chai. She says that

the various types of teas used in chai (black tea, green tea, and less commonly Rooibos, or red tea from South Africa) have been the subject of extensive studies in recent years to understand and quantify the health benefits.

Green tea was initially the primary focus of most health studies because it was seen to carry a high amount of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), a compound known to exhibit powerful anti-oxidant qualities. As green tea goes through the oxidation process to become black tea, the amount of this antioxidant is decreased. So it was assumed that green tea would be “healthier”. However, recent studies have found that the newly formed compounds of the oxidation process are equally beneficial. So black tea has been redeemed.

Other beneficial compounds in tea include tannin, which acts to counterbalance and enhance the beneficial effects of caffeine. Tannin causes the caffeine to be absorbed more slowly and thereby avoids the caffeine “shock” and crash commonly associated with coffee. Due to the negative press on caffeine, some may find it odd that it could be seen as a health benefit. But in small amounts, tamed by the synergistic effects of tannin, it seems to have several beneficial metabolic properties. This combination also tends to induce a calm, alert and focused mental state, characteristic of alpha brain waves as demonstrated on EEG machines. In addition, black tea contains many beneficial polyphenols including Theanine, which also tends to increase alertness and clarity. The increased focus has been demonstrated to last three to four hours.

That is absolutely music to the ear! The increased focus can last three to four hours by drinking this tea! Think about how much we can all get done in a focused three to four hours? Well, if you are thinking what I am thinking, a lot can be done in such a time frame! And if I am in my mood for teas, I can certainly enjoy my Passion flower Tea, Earl Grey, Nettle Tea, and of course, my favourite Big Train Chai in three to four hours!