Bubble Tea – What Is It, Health Benefits

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What is Bubble Tea? (Bubble Tea History)

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Bubble tea or Boba milk tea, sometimes known as pearl milk tea or tapioca ball drink, was originally concocted in Taichung, Taiwan. This bubble tea is known as bubble milk tea which contains black tapioca or boba pearls on the bottom of a cup with strong black tea and fresh milk poured over it.

This bubble drink was first invented by Liu Han Chieh (劉漢介) in Taichung back 1985 and first introduced to the public on 4th August 1986 at Chun Shui Tang Teahouse (春水堂茶舘)in Taipei City, Taiwan. Mr. Liu’s inspiration came from Taiwanese tea culture and bubble tea was originally called the tealeaf bubble (茶水泡).

The name “bubble” refers to how one kind of bubble tea has little chewy tapioca balls at the bottom of the cup, which is then shaken up with the tea. The term “pearl” may come from the appearance of the bubble tea when it is shaken before drinking, due to the mixing together of the crushed ice and syrup.

Health Benefits Of Bubble

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Tea Is bubble milk tea healthy?

Many bubble milk teas have a higher content of sugar than other fruit-flavored beverages made with only juice. One study has shown that bubble drinks could contain up to 22 teaspoons of sugar in one 500ml drink! Bubble drinks could also pose a great risk for anyone suffering from dental caries or tooth decay as these contain high levels of acid which erode enamel leading to cavities and tooth loss. Taiwanese bubble tea has been marketed as healthy since it is made from black tea, which contains catechins and caffeine, both of which have antioxidant properties. Therefore bubble tea could be considered healthy if the drink does not contain too much sugar or syrup.

Additionally, bubble tea provides a variety of different health benefits. Some bubble teas have probiotics that aid with digestion and immune system function, as well as increase your metabolism. Bubble tea can be a great way to detox, especially if you add fruit or juice into the drink.

Is Bubble Tea Good For You?

The answer to this question may depend on the type of bubble milk tea you choose to drink: bubble milk green tea, bubble milk oolong tea, bubble fruit teas, and so on. Afterall bubble drinks are made by blending ingredients such as crushed ice with flavored powders and/or fresh fruit juices that provide vitamins and minerals beneficial to our health such as Calcium for strong teeth and bones; Vitamin C which helps in the formation of collagen needed in the body to help heal wounds and fight infections.


Bubble tea is not bad per see instead! If bubble drinks are enjoyed in moderation, bubble milk tea is less harmful than soda or fruit juices. However, bubble drinks are heavy in sugar content so it may be advisable to choose bubble drinks with lower sugar levels or even opt for healthier bubble green tea drinks! Also, bubble drinks are often high in calories so if you are watching your calorie intake bubble drink should be avoided at all times. Otherwise, enjoy your bubble tea just in moderation.

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