Bursting the bubble: the hidden sugar in bubble tea
From small mall food courts to high-end cafes, bubble tea remains a firm Aussie favourite. Originating in Taiwan, this tasty beverage has become a daily indulgence for people who are seeking to cut down on highly sweetened and milk-dense coffee drinks. But is bubble tea really as healthy as we think?
A recent study conducted by Channel NewsAsia and students of a Singapore University has found that bubble tea actually contains a higher amount of sugar than soft drinks. Using a refractometer, a device that measures dissolved sugars, the students analysed six of the most popular bubble tea brands (excluding pearls and other toppings).
One test showed that 500ml of brown sugar bubble tea can contain up to 92g of sugar, a staggering three times greater amount than is in 320ml of Coca-Cola. The study revealed that regular consumption of bubble tea could have a detrimental effect on our health and contribute to conditions such as diabetes.
The dangers of made-to-order
While Australians are very aware of the sugar content in pre-packaged sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), such as soft drinks, it appears not to be the case when it comes to that of made-to-order beverages. Made-to-order bubble tea is often unlabelled and unmonitored, meaning people consume these drinks between meals and forget to factor them into their daily dietary intake.
For example, an adult woman with a 7532 kilojoule daily energy requirement should be limited to about 45g of sugar a day. This means a cup of bubble tea can account for more than an entire day's worth of sugar. Even if there are options for reducing sugar, these teas may still exceed daily-recommended sugar intakes.
The sugar in bubble tea, combined with other natural sources of sugar from snacks and complex sugars (such as pasta, rice and fruit), means that bubble tea drinkers could be blowing their weekly sugar intake in a matter of days.
The high levels of sugar in bubble tea may explain the drink's popularity, as sugar is a highly addictive substance. Sugary drinks provide an instant spike in your blood glucose levels, making you feel an instant high. The issue, however, is when blood sugar levels begin to drop afterwards, leaving you more tired and craving another sugary treat.
This can lead to an unhealthy cycle of sleep deprivation and exhaustion and a high carbohydrate diet lacking in essential nutrients.
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