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Calories in Boba Green Tea

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author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
Calories in Boba Green Tea
Green tea may sound healthy, but this drink has lots of sugar. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/makistock

Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a delicacy that began in Taiwan. The drink takes green tea and combines it with tapioca pearls to provide a “chewy” consistency. Calories will vary based on the recipe.

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History

In 1983, Taiwan entrepreneur Liu Han-Chieh brought tapioca pearls to his country. Han-Chieh added the pearls to flavored tea to create the “bubble” effect. Pearls sit on the top and the bottom of the drink and move into the mouth through a thick straw.

Calories

Calories vary by ingredients. There are two primary boba beverages, one made with plain tea and another made with milk. A 16-ounce boba green tea has approximately 231 calories, according to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate. This may vary depending on the recipe and if there are significant additives other than the tea and the tapioca pearls.

Sugar and Fat

The most notable ingredient in boba tea is sugar. According to MyPlate, without milk there are 54 grams of carbohydrates, 100 percent of which are sugar. With milk the sugar content rises. While there are zero grams of fat in a 16-ounce boba green tea, that sugar will turn into fat without exercise and the expelling of that energy.

The American Heart Association recommends that women consume 25 grams of sugar or less a day, and men consume 38 grams of sugar or less a day, so one 16-ounce serving of this beverage far exceeds both recommendations.

Protein

Boba green tea does not contain any protein without the addition of milk. While not every food or beverage you consume must contain protein, it's important to keep note that, according to Healthline.com, the average man should consume 56 grams of protein a day, while the average women should consume 46 grams of protein a day for optimal health. Adding empty calories to your diet in the form of a beverage like boba green tea can add up without providing any nutritional gain.

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