Taro is a root that is used for flavoring in a variety of foods and drinks such as boba, or bubble, tea. Boba tea is a cold beverage made from tea that also contains tapioca pearls, which have a chewy consistency. Taro bubble tea is high in calories, fat and carbohydrates, so it may not be an appropriate beverage choice if you are dieting. Different restaurants may serve different recipes, so check local nutrition facts when available.
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Each 18-ounce serving of taro boba tea provides 484 calories. This amount of calories provides more than 24 percent of the daily recommended caloric intake, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. If you are dieting, taro boba tea may not be the best choice for losing weight, as it would take nearly an hour of stationary rowing or more than two hours of weightlifting to burn off 484 calories.
Taro boba tea is high in fat, which is one reason it is high in calories. Each 18-ounce serving of taro boba tea provides 23 g of fat, with 19 g of saturated fat. According to the American Heart Association, you should consume 50 to 70 g of total fat each day and no more than 16 g of saturated fat each day to reduce your risk of heart disease. An 18-ounce serving of taro boba tea contains just 1 g of fat less than the amount provided by 3 tablespoons of peanut butter.
Taro boba tea is a rich source of carbohydrates, as each 18-ounce serving provides 68 g of carbohydrates. The majority of the carbohydrates in taro boba tea come from sugar; an 18-ounce serving contains 62 g of sugar, which is nearly 4.5 times the amount found in 1/2 cup serving of ice cream. The Harvard Medical School suggests that drinks that are high in sugar may promote obesity, as the liquid consistency doesn't trigger satiety levels in the same manner that high-calorie foods do.
Taro boba tea is low in protein; each 18-ounce serving of the beverage contains just 6 g of protein. Protein is a vital nutrient that your body uses to build cells, tissues and hormones. Taro boba tea is an inefficient way to increase the amount of protein in your diet, as 18 ounces contains the same amount of protein in one egg, which contains just 70 calories.
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Taro Boba (bubble) Tea
- American Heart Association; Know Your Fats; March 31, 2011
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Peanut Butter (Jif)
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Vanilla Ice Cream (Breyers)
- Harvard Medical School; Sugar and Obesity: High Calorie Drinks to Blame?; October 2006