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Is Bubble Tea Bad For You?

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      Boba is a chewy and glossy tapioca ball invented in Tainan and Taichung. Milk tea is a drink usually paired with boba which originates from Taiwan. As years go by, boba with milk tea (bubble or pearl tea) has become a popular and loved beverage by almost all kids, teens, and adults. But pearl tea might actually cause people’s bodies negative effects instead of positive. 

     According to spoonuniversity.com, “The boba (aka the tiny, chewy black balls at the bottom of the drink) is made from tapioca, which is a gluten-free starch extracted from the root of a cassava plant.” The tapioca is what makes the boba glossy. According to thedailymeal.com, “…boba — are as bad for your health as actual candy. Boiled and then saturated with sugar, those fun little balls can each add five to 14 calories to your drink, which means that just 1/4 cup of them can add over 100 extra calories to your already calorically-dense drink. Not only do boba add extra calories, they don’t actually contribute anything in the way of nutrition. Boba are basically all carbs — they lack any minerals or vitamins and contain no fiber.” After reading this, boba may not seem like the healthiest snack.

    In addition, healthxchange.cg, “Drinking unsweetened black or green tea daily has health benefits, but drinking pearl milk tea regularly may not be a healthy choice if you are watching your weight or controlling your calorie and sugar intakes,” Black or green tea has many health benefits, including the reduction of heart attack or stroke, bone protection, and weight loss. Drinking tea at least once a day may benefit your health but drinking tea too often may cause liver problems.

   In conclusion, bubble tea is an amazing beverage that is good for your body every once in awhile. So enjoy any of your favorite foods or beverages, but always keep in mind that not all foods are good for our health.

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