Food Showdown: Which Chai Should You Try?
Blended, iced, shaken, and stirred—those coffee drinks from almost any chain have a bad reputation of being rich in calories and fat. But what about teas? Like coffee, brewed tea has zero calories, but those calories can add up quickly when other elements like milk, sugar, and whipped cream are added. The Starbucks Chai Frappuccino blends tea with whole milk and ice. Panera Bread's (St. Louis Bread Co. in some regions) Iced Chai Tea Latte includes spicy tea and steamed milk, served over ice. Which iced tea blend is lower in calories?
The Winner: Panera's Iced Chai Tea Latte!Panera's Iced Chai Tea Latte contains a whole lotta flavor for only 160 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per 16-ounce serving. Now that's sweet! Starbucks' high-calorie reputation remains—and with good reason. This 16-ounce drink boasts 240 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. Save yourself the unnecessary calories and fat next time you're at Starbucks. Swap out 2% milk for skim and order the smallest size (12 oz) to make this drink a 160-calorie, fat-free winner.
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