Bubble tea, a popular new social media sugary drink, contains more calories than a Big Mac.
HEALTH experts are warning about a sugary drink that is becoming increasingly popular among children and contains more calories than a Big Mac.
Tea, milk, and chewy tapioca balls make up trendy bubble tea.
It’s available in a variety of flavors and colors, making it a popular choice for TikTok and Instagram videos.
Despite this, a single cup of it can contain up to 800 calories, the equivalent of 50 sugar cubes and far more than the 550 calories in a Big Mac.
Tea is frequently promoted as an “everyday purchase,” according to Aisling Pigott of the British Dietetic Association, due to the perception that tea is healthy.
“It’s aimed at pre-teens who see a fun, tasty drink with bright, fashionable colors,” she explained.
“As a result, we have a toxic mix of ‘Instagrammability’ and young people with disposable income.”
“This isn’t to say that people should never indulge in unhealthy foods as a treat.
Normalizing high-calorie, low-nutrient-dense foods, on the other hand, is risky.”
Taiwanese bubble tea has been popular for decades.
It was only ten years ago that the first UK shop selling it opened, and now there are nearly 250.
There are four in Birmingham’s Bullring alone.
Google searches for the drink were ten times higher this year than they were in 2016.
And videos with the (hashtag)BubbleTea hashtag on TikTok have nearly three billion views.
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