Unlike other teas, the health contributions of bubble tea (if any) have to be chewed out of it (instead of drinking), courtesy of the thickening tapioca pearls in the drink.
Boba (another name for bubble tea) is a Taiwanese tea that has gone viral. It looks like a smoothie due to the bright colors.
Let's look at the health benefits of boba (if any), but first —
What is Boba?
Boba is a typically sweet but sometimes savory tea produced with tapioca pearls. In fact, these little balls are the reason it is called "boba." This tea has interchangeable names all over the world, be it bubble tea, pearl milk tea, or jobs tea. You can enjoy different flavors, ranging from sweet ones like honeydew & strawberry to coffee-based ones.
Bubble tea is made with some other ingredients like red bean, aloe vera, coconut milk, coffee, ice cream, coffee, taro, egg yolks, or regular dairy creamer. Sweeteners like honey, syrup, table sugar & brown sugar are also regular in boba tea, so it is far from what you want if you're looking to get off sugar. In fact, some brands of bubble tea are now alcoholic, featuring vodka, beer, or Kahlua cream.
Tapioca has a mildly sweet taste. It typically has no intense self flavor, so it adopts the flavor of whatever it's made with. And while it is not among the highly nutritious drinks, it's low in calories, free from gluten & some are made without added sugars.
Are There Any Health Contributions of Bubble Tea?
Health experts would hardly recommend bubble tea to you — thanks to its sugar contents. When it's made with added sugar, there's sure to be very high-calorie content and very few essential nutrients. You definitely can't compare this drink with actual fruit juice or healthy teas.
Tapioca pearls themselves are low in calories, so it's the ingredients that you include that define its calorie levels, but so are the pearls low in healthy fats, protein & a lot of important vitamins & minerals. To conclude, boba is not a drink I'd advise if you were looking to add more nutrients to your diet.
This begs a far more important question —
Is Boba Bad for You? If yes, How bad?
Like I already said, this depends on the ingredients thrown into the production process. If there is a lot of added sugars & processed ingredients, expect a high-calorie content & zero (or little) nutrient offering.
For instance, a 16-ounce serving of green tea boba offers about 240 calories, 40 sugar grams & 50 carb grams.
It may be best to avoid bubble tea, as studies have linked various health issues to the regular consumption of sugary drinks. These diseases include:
- Obesity & weight gain;
- Cardiovascular & metabolic problems;
- Dental caries in kids;
- Worsened risk of brain disabilities like dementia & stroke;
- Higher risk of cancer.
Bubble tea may also contain coffee, which will make it problematic for people allergic to caffeine.
Concluding the Health Contributions of Bubble Tea
As a matter of fact, the health contributions of bubble tea are nothing to write home about. The pearls of the drink are low in nutrients already, and when sugary ingredients are added in, you have a product that tastes like you're trying to up your sugar levels. It's a no-no if you want a healthy body.