Boba tea or bubble tea, by whichever term you call it, the popular drinks with chewy tapioca pearls are darn right delicious. But health experts say it is as bad for you as soda.

The health culprit is not just the tapioca pearls; perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s all the sugar added into the milk or fruit-flavored tea-based drink. According to ABC7, “A 12-ounce serving of boba can contain about 90 grams of sugar, 7 grams of fat and 490 calories.”

To put that into perspective, the American Heart Association advises men to limit sugar intake to 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams a day, while women are advised to limit sugar intake to 6 teaspoons or 25 grams a day. Boba can easily push you over that limit, with at least two or more teaspoons added to the drink, depending on how sweet you like to consume it.

Rethink Your Asian Drink, a campaign originating in Los Angeles coordinated by the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) and American Heart Association, raises awareness about the potential health risks found in Asian drinks and promotes healthy alternatives to help Asian drink lovers get their cravings fixed while staying fit. The campaign recommends cutting back on how much sugar is added by asking the boba store to limit it to ¼ sugar, ½ sugar, or no sugar at all.

How sweet do you like your boba tea drink to be?

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Cover photo cr: ABC7


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