Since its birth in Taiwan, bubble tea has taken Asia (and some might argue, the world) by the storm. In just the tiny island of Singapore, 47 brands and counting have sprung up all over the city-state. There’s a long-running joke that bubble tea is the symbolic drink for Asians, immortalised by various memes all around the internet.
Indeed, it is undeniable that bubble tea is hugely popular. However, it is, sadly, not the most nutritious drink around. Sweet and sugary, bubble tea is obviously packed with loads of sugar. Moreover, the chewy pearls that many of us have fallen in love with are mostly carbs, as they are typically made of tapioca starch. In short, bubble tea is really not that healthy at all. (I know, life is so unfair! Why can’t lettuce be unhealthy instead?)
Yet, bubble tea is amazingly difficult to give up. There’s just something about the combination of sweet milk tea and chewy pearls that feels like a party in your mouth. For avid bubble tea drinkers, this delicious concoction is too irresistible to give up. Luckily for you, you don’t have to go completely cold turkey. There are a few simple ways to make this sweet treat a little healthier so you can enjoy a cuppa without any lingering guilt thereafter.
1. Opt for zero percent sugar
Nowadays, most bubble tea stores allow you to tailor the sugar level of your orders. If you’re feeling health-conscious yet can’t resist that refreshing cup of bubble tea, going for zero percent sugar is a great compromise.
2. Don’t order pearls
Pearls are made from tapioca starch, meaning that they’re mostly carbs. Leaving the pearls out of your order will save you some calories!
3. Opt for teas instead
Like that rich, sweet milk that’s added to your bubble tea? Well, that’s chocked full of calories. Next time, why not try out purely tea instead? You’ll be able to experience the full flavour of the tea, while revelling in the self-pride of having gone with a healthier choice!