Bubble tea hype is worrying! Here’s why

The famous bubble tea - Pix from Google

By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid

When it comes to tea, you probably will be thinking about the delicious hot tea like chamomile or earl grey or maybe ice lemon tea.

But regardless of the type of tea you're drinking, you would have probably come across the famous bubble tea. 

While bubble tea has become a phenomenon especially among the youth these days, there's just one problem with it.

Bubble tea is full of sugary ingredients and it is far from healthy. 

Especially those bubbles or pearls at the bottom of the drink which are tapioca pearls containing a lot of sugar. 

These black, chewy pearls are made from the cassava plant and are often used as a food thickener.

And we haven't even started on the extra syrup that are used to make those bubble tea sweeter.

Thanks to all those processed ingredients, the average bubble tea can easily reach a whopping amount of 300 to 400 calories!

Recently, a 14 year old girl in China found out she had more than 100 tapioca pearls trapped in her belly after drinking too much of the trendy bubble tea.

A report by Chinese media outlet Shaoxing News said Xiao Shen complained to her parents of severe stomach pain late last month.

The girl also revealed she hadn’t experienced a bowel movement for five days and was struggling to eat.

After going through CT scans of her abdomen, doctors discovered more than 100 tiny granular shadows dotted throughout the teenager’s digestive tract from her stomach, through her intestines and down to her rectum.

The girl claimed that she drank a bubble tea “five days earlier”, but the doctor concluded this significant mass of pearls stuck inside her was the result of prolonged consumption of bubble tea.

What Dr Zhang found inside his patient left him stunned. Picture: Shaoxing News

Nutritionists have now labelled bubble tea as the worst drink ever due to its high sugar level.

Research had also shown that a cup of bubble tea with regular sweetness level contains 34 grams of sugar, which is 68% more than recommended intake of sugar by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The drinks may lead its consumers to have diabetes at a very young age. 

A doctor shared a case of a 26 year old bubble tea lover that had been diagnosed with diabetes after drinking three cups of bubble tea per day!


Three times per day? Looks like it is important to learn what you are consuming as its concerns your personal health and well being. 

You would not want to be diagnosed with chronic illness at a very young age.