Is bubble tea bad for your health?

It doesn’t matter if you call this boba or bubble tea; this delectable beverage trend has gained a devoted following all around the globe. 

Although tea has a long list of health advantages, from antioxidants to better heart health, boba’s nutrition is often questioned.

Is bubble tea truly harmful to you, or are trend critics just being critics? Let’s have a peek at the ingredients and nutritional information for this delicious tapioca ball beverage.

While bubble tea may be customized to your liking, a standard milk tea with tapioca pearls can include as much sugar as a can of soda, and that’s just on the sweet side. If we go further into the nutritional value of bubble tea, we find that the main components are tea, milk or creamer, and various toppings. More dessert-like concoctions become possible when you consider different topping choices such as cake bits and cheese foams. Often, the milk used in bubble tea is a non-dairy creamer rather than dairy or actual milk. In these creamers, you’ll find components like sugar, vegetable oil, sodium caseinate, and dipotassium. And for the tapioca pearls, some say that this is the healthiest part of bubble tea, but the truth is tapioca pearls are a significant contributor to the total sugar and calorie count. Cooking transforms the tapioca starch into sweet syrups.

So what happens if you have an unbreakable bubble tea addiction yet a strong desire to live a healthy lifestyle? Here are some manageable adjustments you can make to your bubble tea to make it a little less guilt-inducing:

  1. Ask for less or no sugar, such as less flavorful syrup and sweetened fruit purees.
  2. Replace non-dairy creamers with low-fat or skimmed fresh milk.
  3. Avoid the extra calories by ordering a simple bubble tea without the chewy tapioca pearls and without any milk in it.