Not your standard cup of tea, tapioca bubble tea is a sweet concoction usually made from tea, milk, sugar and balls of tapioca called pearls. Tapioca bubble tea comes in an assortment of fruit flavors as well as chocolate, vanilla and more. These beverages are often high in added sugar and calories.
While the calorie count varies by ingredients and serving size, a 16-ounce tapioca bubble tea may contain anywhere from 281 to 640 calories depending on flavorings and additives, according to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate.
With such a wide range in not only calorie content but fat and sugar as well, consider limiting consumption of this drink to special occasions, or consuming less than 16-ounces if you are in the mood for a tapioca bubble tea.
Depending on how it's made, tapioca bubble tea may contain anywhere from zero to 36 grams of fat per 16-ounce serving, including up to seven grams of saturated fat, according to MyPlate.
The American Heart Association recommends that you consume seven percent or less of your daily 2,000 calories in the form of saturated fat, which comes out to 16 grams.
Carbohydrates and Sugar
A 16-ounce serving of tapioca bubble tea may contain anywhere from 66 to 74 grams of carbohydrates, including 34 to 65 grams of sugar. Sugar provides only empty calories because it contains no other nutrients.
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 — this means one 16-ounce serving of tapioca bubble tea could more than double your recommended daily sugar intake.
Protein and Fiber
You may benefit marginally from the one gram of fiber and three to four grams of protein in a 16-ounce serving of tapioca bubble tea. Fiber keeps you fuller longer, and protein is an essential part of a healthy diet.
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