Often unknown ingredients in bubble tea

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Unknown composition of bubble tea

Bubble Tea has long become a trend drink in Germany. But the brightly colored fattener is criticized by consumer advocates. In addition to the high sugar content, the drink contains unknown, undeclared ingredients that could be harmful to health.

There is no need to declare the composition of bubble tea. The cult drink from Asia is also extremely popular in Germany, especially among children and teenagers. But bubble tea could be harmful to your health, especially for the youngest. As "Focus Online" recently reported, the drink is suspected of containing toxic plasticizers. Since the brightly colored drinking pleasure is considered a so-called “loose product”, its exact composition does not have to be declared. So usually the sellers themselves don't know what they are selling to their customers. The ingredients tea, syrup, milk, yoghurt and colored pearls are known. People with hypersensitivity or allergies to colors and preservatives, flavors or acidulants should be careful when consuming bubble tea, as these substances may be present in the drink but are not shown. In addition, there is the suspicion that plasticizers that are hazardous to health are among them. According to Angela Clausen from the consumer center in North Rhine-Westphalia, the cups and syrup bottles from Asia could contain so-called phthalates, which could affect the human hormone balance.

Small children could choke on pearls in bubble tea. Parents should also note that information on the caffeine content is often not given. This is one of the reasons why children can experience health problems with small amounts of bladder tea. The colorful, pea-sized pearls contained in the drink could also become a choking hazard, warns the professional association of pediatricians. The balls are sucked in with a thick straw either from a fruit drink or ice cream mix. Some balls are filled with fruity syrup and only burst when chewed. Small children could accidentally swallow the whole of the pearls. Then, as a rule, there is a strong cough, which must be treated immediately because the balls could get stuck. If they get into the lungs through the trachea, pneumonia and lung collapse can occur. Clausen told Focus Online that she urged children under five to be warned.

The trend drink contains three times as many calories as Coca Cola and therefore clearly belongs to the category of fattening foods. Consumers not only harm their figure by enjoying bubble tea, but also their wallets, because the new trend is not cheap. A mug costs up to five euros.

Bubble Tea now also in the fast food restaurant The fact that McDonald’s fast food giant has entered the tea business also shows that bubble tea is not just a fad, but also an integral part of the teen’s menu in the future. Matthias Becker, Marketing Director McDonald's Germany, spoke of the "trend drink of the year". The group wanted to advertise its McCafé with bubble tea. In addition to special bubble tea bars that have been around in German cities for about two years, "bubble tea" can be used in the future also available with a voucher at a reduced price of 1.99 euros from McDonald's.

The reactions to the introduction of the trend drink at McDonald’s are mixed. Some voices complain that the lid of the fast food chain is only put on and not glued. In addition, the lower-calorie McDonald’s drink tastes less aromatic than in bubble tea bars. (ag)

Read on:
Consumer advocates warn of bubble tea
Health warning before bubble tea
Bubble Tea: Modern fattening agent
Lung collapse due to bubble teas
Harmful bladder tea

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