Articles - Cooking and Food

India's Healing Secret—Satya's Chai Tea

 

Here in Southern California, Chai Tea is really popular. It’s not a new drink, though, it goes back at least 5,000 years to the courts of Siam and India. One theory is that a king created it in his search for a healing tea. It has been used since in India’s medical tradition—Ayurveda.

 

Is it a healing tea? Possibly, but probably only if it is home made. The main ingredient is black tea.

 

Black tea is rich in antioxidants that has been found to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It seems that everyday, a new healing property is discovered about black tea, including heart health and cancer prevention.

 

The spices in Chai also have a long tradition for their health and healing properties:

 

Black pepper (piper nigrum) is noted for its anti-inflammatory actions, among other things. It is also high in minerals.

 

Cardamom is also full of anti-oxidants. It aids digestion, and can help expel excess mucus in the body. It is high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium, which protects the heart and blood pressure.

 

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Eat Your Heart Out, Campbell's

 

I love tomato soup. Whenever I get sick, I crave tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, I know that is sick and twisted. I don’t care. However, since my rededication to Real Food I thought it a conflict to continue eating canned tomato soup of a brand starting with “C.” From their marketing, you would think that their soup is as natural as a summer breeze. Not so. The ingredients, according to livestrong.com are:

 

In order of quantity – tomato puree (they don’t say organic, so probably GMO and pesticide loaded), water, high fructose corn syrup (egad!), wheat flour (why?), salt: 480 mg per serving, or 1200 per prepared can. Why so much? (HOLY COW), vegetable oil (they don’t say what kind, so it is suspect), flavoring (very mysterious).

 

It also contains 12 grams of sugar per serving (multiply by 2.5 for the whole prepared can). Snickers only has 30 grams of sugar, so a can of C’s tomato soup is almost as full of sugar as a candy bar. BTW, 1 teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams. That means that C puts 7.5 teaspoons of sugar into each can.

 

So, here’s what I did. I made my own Tomato Soup. I canned mine with a pressure canner. If you don’t have one, you can jar it and freeze it. My recipe made 8 pints.

 

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