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How Many Calories Does Chai Tea Have?

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Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by,, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
How Many Calories Does Chai Tea Have?
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If you love the spicy, aromatic flavors of chai tea, there's no need to choose between your beverage and your diet. Like most brewed teas, plain chai is a calorie-free drink. However, chai is often served as latte, with added sweeteners as well as milk or soy milk. These ingredients can up the calorie count significantly.

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Despite the tea's diet-friendly status, chai lattes from the coffee shop often come loaded with calories. A 12-ounce version made with whole milk may contain 200 calories -- more than a can of soda. The same drink made with soy milk contains 180 calories, while one with nonfat milk contains 160 calories. You can make a less caloric latte at home. Adding half a cup of nonfat milk and half a tablespoon of honey to your tea will result in a drink of just 75 calories.

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