Friday, September 29, 2006

Take Two: Chai Latte vs. Caffe Mocha

See which java wins the nutrition showdown
When choosing a beverage from a specialty coffee shop, you may lean toward chai latte as the lower-calorie choice. After all, it's made with healthful tea, and the exotic moniker simply sounds healthier than coffee. However, a medium-sized (or "grande") chai latte—a blend of black tea, steamed milk, honey, and spices—has the same amount of calories as the same-sized caffe mocha, even when made with skim milk. Both do provide a hefty dose of calcium—about a quarter of the daily requirement—though the mocha delivers 100 milligrams more.
Chai Latte

(16 fluid ounces, made with skim milk)
230 calories
0 grams fat
250 milligrams calcium
Caffe Mocha

(1/2 cup, or one serving)
230 calories
2 grams fat
350 milligrams calcium

Source: Cooking Light

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