How Many Calories Are In Your Favorite Bubble Tea?

Answer: Way too much.
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Bubble tea changed my life, there I said it. When the whole bubble tea craze started a few years ago, it was the first time I was ever able to stomach the taste of tea. All I knew about tea until that moment was that my mother forced me to drink it whenever we ate at a Chinese restaurant "because it was healthy." 

And because we've been psychologically programmed to reject anything healthy, I developed an aversion to anything resembling the taste.

Enter bubble tea. For a while, I was able to fool myself. I actually thought it was good for me. I'm not too proud of this but at the peak of my obsession, I had it every single day for a couple of weeks. Eventually, like all trends, it died down. 


And thank god it did, because in retrospect, I should have known there was too much sugar in it!

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For one thing, did you know that the tapioca pearls in bubble tea is just as bad as candy? According to The Daily Meal, "Boiled and then saturated with sugar, those fun little balls can each add five to 14 calories to your drink, which means that just 1/4 cup of them can add over 100 extra calories to your already calorically-dense drink."

Let that sink in. ONE PEARL CAN ADD FIVE TO 14 CALORIES.

And that's not even the worst part. One order of bubble tea can contain as much as 50 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to 500 calories—and that's if you don't add all the other extra goodies like nata de coco or pudding.  

Sigh, it's true what they say: You can't have everything. 

Source: The Daily Meal

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