Is bubble tea healthy?

Bubble Tea is a fat smack

Young people have a new trendy drink: Bubble tea. Bubble tea originally comes from Asia. There it is made from black tea, milk and so-called tapioca pearls. These are made from the starch of the cassava root and cooked for about half an hour until they have a chewing gum-like consistency. The tasteless globules are then dipped in a sugar solution to give them aroma. Bubble tea was invented in China in the 1980s to get children excited about tea. The trend drink bubble tea has also been available outside of Asia since the 1990s. First in the USA and for a few years now also in Europe. In Germany, the first bubble tea shop opened in Berlin in 2009, and more and more new shops are now opening.

Bubble Tea: When ordering tea is overwhelming

Ordering a bubble tea quickly, however, is almost impossible. Because in the German bubble tea shops, the Asian trend drink is made up of many components, not just the classic black tea and milk. Here you can choose the type of tea for your bubble tea, add milk or yoghurt, add some fruit syrup to the bubble tea and choose so-called bobas instead of tapioca pearls. These contain sugary fruit syrups and burst when you bite on them. Whether tapioca pearls or bobas - they don't fit through an ordinary straw. Therefore, bubble tea is always drunk through extra thick straws.

Bubble tea is fattening up

Bubble tea contains many calories, depending on the composition between 300 and 500 per 400 ml cup. The Techniker Krankenkasse advises its members against the calorie bomb. The health insurer's nutritionist, Simone Gleixner, says: “Consumers should be aware that they are consuming a sweet that does not quench their thirst. They are liquid fattening foods. ”The sweet bubble tea is particularly popular with children and young people. But toddlers shouldn't drink it. The professional association of paediatricians warns of the risk of swallowing. Dr. med. Wolfram Hartmann, the president of the association, says: “Small children who suck up the pellets through the thick straw can easily choke on them. If the globules get into the lungs via the windpipe, they can lead to pneumonia or even to a collapse of the lungs. "