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Are you also bubbly and curious about the in-trend bubble tea? It makes us wonder if Gen-Z has picked up on the right habit or not this time. Is bubble tea actually healthy? Let’s find out!
Bubble tea originating in Taiwan in the 1980s, and has been making the rounds globally. In recent years, it has become extremely popular in Western, European and Asian countries. The teenagers have, especially, fallen in love with this tea-based drink.
Bubble tea, also popularly known as boba tea, pearl tea or tapioca tea, is made with a base of milk or green tea and has tapioca balls added in it which justifies its names. Tapioca balls or sago pearls or more commonly known as sabudana in India. They are small, round and coloured granules which look like pearls. These are made by processing the starch extracted from the roots of cassava plant.
Tapioca balls are a gluten-free food and are highly recommended for people who are trying to lose weight. Though it is not very rich in any minerals or vitamins, it has high starch content which gives instant energy without adding many calories to our diet, if consumed in a limited quantity.
Even though bubble tea is a highly sugary and unhealthy drink, if you choose the right one it can have many health benefits. Having bubble tea with low sugar content and green tea as its base can be very nutritious.
A milk based bubble tea provides the goodness of milk and in no doubt is a good way to include milk in your everyday diet. “Apart from the antioxidants, there are various other components present in the milk that make it healthy. First of all, it gives much strength to the body, specifically, the milk’s calcium content. It makes the bones a lot tougher so that you can carry out your regular activities without easily damaging any bones,” says nutritionist Avni Kaul.
Without any doubt, having a glass of milk gives us energy for our body system to function properly. “The carbohydrate content available in tapioca balls is the primary source of energy for the brain. It also acts as fuel for the heart muscles and central nervous system,” says Kaul. Together, one can avail the best of both worlds.
One of the important health benefits of bubble tea is that it can boost your immune system. “The drink has a base of green tea which provides a wide array of antioxidants that blocks any sort of oxidative stress accumulation,” explains the nutrition expert. Besides, there are fresh fruits like mango and strawberry, which are good for you and give you vitamin C.
Free radicals in our body could lead to cancer and various chronic diseases. Kaul says that “Green tea has epigallocatechin and polyphenols, which helps fight against free radicals.” Thus, it’s a good idea to add green tea to your bubble tea for your regular intake.
So, one can sip the drink and lighten their mood. It is without a doubt one of the finest beverages to get you through the day!