Bubble Tea Is Delicious, But Is It Healthy?

Bubble tea is one type of drink that is popular among the people of Indonesia. In fact, many people are willing to stand in line and wait long enough to enjoy this contemporary drink. Even though it's delicious, do you eat it often? bubble tea good for health?

Bubble tea is a drink that originated in Taiwan and actually became popular since the 90s. This drink contains tea to which you can add fruit flavours, syrup, milk, and bubble black color placed at the bottom of the glass.

Bubble or boba contained in this drink comes from tapioca pearls (a type of traditional food similar to cendol). Bubble This is processed by boiling and mixed with brown sugar, so that blackish balls are formed which are sweet, soft, and chewy when chewed.

ContentBubble Tea

Bubble tea is a sweet drink that contains a lot of sugar. In this drink is often added syrup, milk, tea flavoring, and toppings, such as agar and pudding, so that the levels of sugar, fat, and calories contained in it tend to be high.

In addition, dried tapioca pearls which are the main component of this drink also have quite high calories, but lack vitamins, protein, and fiber. When it has been formulated into bubble milk tea, 1 standard serving (about 475 ml) contains about 38 grams of sugar and 350-500 calories.

Total calories in 1 cup bubble tea This has exceeded the sugar intake limit recommended by American Heart Association, which is 150 calories per day for adult men and 100 calories per day for adult women.

Consuming Impact Bubble Tea Excessive

Consuming bubble tea excessive or too often has various adverse effects on health, including:

Causes weight gain

Syrup and other added sweeteners contained in bubble tea has a high calorie content, not to mention calories from fat in milk. All of that can increase body weight, cholesterol levels, and triglycerides. If bubble tea consumed too often, it is not impossible obesity can occur.

Increase risk appearance certain disease

Drink bubble tea which contain lots of fat can cause a buildup of cholesterol in the blood if consumed too often. This condition can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

In addition, the high sugar content in bubble tea also plays a role in increasing the risk of developing insulin resistance, which in turn can lead to type 2 diabetes.

The sugar contained in bubble tea can also interfere with the process of removing uric acid from the body, thereby increasing the risk of developing gout.

Cause indigestion

Bubble contained in bubble tea derived from tapioca pearls. These tapioca pearls sometimes contain an additive called guar gum. Guar Gum helps tapioca pearls to stick together and expand when soaked in water.

If consumed too much, guar gum can cause digestive disorders, such as flatulence and abdominal pain or cramps. In very rare cases, guar gum It is also said to clog the airways and digestive tract.

In addition, the manufacturing process bubble Improper use also has the potential to cause poisoning. Tapioca pearls come from cassava which is evaporated and processed in such a way that it is in the form of flour which is ready to be formed into pearl balls. Cassava contains cyanide toxic substances if not processed properly.

Even so, there have been no reports stating that consumption of bubble tea can cause cyanide poisoning.

Eating Tips Bubble Tea so that health is maintained

In order not to have a bad impact on health, consume bubble tea must be limited. When buying bubble tea, choose the smallest glass size. In addition, ask the seller to reduce the amount of sugar, bubble, and toppings others, such as jelly or pudding.

Bubble tea is a thirst quencher that may be your favorite. But once again to remind, the consumption of this drink must be limited because it can have a bad impact on health. In order to know the consumption limit bubble tea according to your health condition, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.

Written by:

dr. Caroline Claudia