I’ve been seeing a lot of reports on my newsfeed this week on the healthiness (or lack thereof) of bubble tea, and since I’ve gotten a bunch of questions regarding it, I will share some quick thoughts.
First of all, the bubble tea fad in the United States (it came from Taiwan originally, called “boba tea”) did boost tea sales in general, spreading the awareness of gourmet loose tea quite a bit. So that’s a positive.
However, most bubble teas out there contain very little tea – or maybe even none at all. Instead, they are chock full of, as one health advocate calculated, an average of 90g of sugar per 12oz serving. To put that into perspective, the American Heart Association recommends that the average adult male should eat 37.5g, and a woman just 25g, of sugar in a full day. The body can’t process all that extra sugar, and eventually it can lead to Type 2 Diabetes. So there’s that, too.
Am I saying to abolish bubble tea from your diet altogether? Absolutely not.
As in all things, moderation is key.
Also try to find bubble teas that actually contain tea – at least that you know is good for you! And see if they can adjust the sugar level to a non-sugar-coma-inducing level.
Or better yet, get into some delicious cold brew iced tea instead!