We, as Asians love our bubble tea, if we could we would have it daily. Who could ever resist the delicious milk tea and squishy pearl bubbles? It almost feels unnatural to hang out at shopping malls without buying on.
However, we are advised to consume them in moderation because it’s not exactly the healthiest drink around!
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According to See Hua, nutritionists have labeled bubble tea as the worst drink ever as it contains high levels of sugar and trans fats, which are needless to say, bad for our health.
Past research has shown that a cup of bubble tea with regular sweetness level contains 34 grams of sugar, which takes up 68% of the recommended intake of sugar by the World Health Organization (WHO).
If you didn’t already know, 50 grams is the maximum amount of sugar we should be consuming per day and after chugging down a cup of bubble tea, we will be left with a small quote for sugar intake, which will inevitably lead to excessive consumption of sugar since Malaysian food is usually on the sweeter side.
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Another ‘killer’ in bubble milk tea is trans fats, which are also called unsaturated fatty acids. It is produced through an industrial process and is widely used in the food & beverage industry to enhance the taste and texture of food.
However, trans fats do have multiple negative health effects. such as:
► Raises bad cholesterol level (LDL)
► Lowers good cholesterol level (HDL)
► Increases risk of getting heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes
► Decreases memory power
► May affect reproductive ability
With that thought in mind, we’re not asking you to completely cut out bubble tea from your life, what you can do is to ask for less sugar and drink it less frequently. Spread the word out, so that others may be wary of the dangers of drinking too much bubble tea!
(Source: WOB / See Hua)