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MAKE YOUR BUBBLE MILK TEA HEALTHIER

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TABLE OF CONTENT BUBBLE MILK TEA CULTURE IN MALAYSIA ....................... 3 SHOPS THAT SELL BUBBLE MILK TEA IN MALAYSIA .... 5 WHAT IS A BUBBLE MILK TEA? ............................................. 10 HOW DID BUBBLE MILK TEA COME ABOUT? .................... 13 WHAT ARE TAPIOCA PEARLS MADE OF ........................... 16 IS BUBBLE MILK TEA UNHEALTHY? ..................................... 19 MAKE IT HEALTHY ................................................................... 23 CONCLUSION .......................................................................... 27 REFERENCES .......................................................................... 29


BUBBLE MILK TEA CULTURE IN MALAYSIA

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The bubble tea craze infected Malaysia in the late 90s and early 2000's - with teenagers waiting in long queues in night markets to purchase their custom-made drinks. These days, the lines aren't at the pasar malams no more - due to the rising number of corporations selling bubble tea. These companies are all jumping onto the high demand of Malaysians wants for bubble tea and are earning big bucks. Dreams are made of bubbles, after all.

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THE BUBBLE TEA SHOP 9615, A SHOP IN PASAR MALAM

SHOPS THAT SELL BUBBLE MILK TEA IN MALAYSIA

THE ALLEY

ROYALTEA

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KOI The

tealive

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Chatime

GONG CHA

flamingo BLOOM


royaltea

The Alley

THE BUBBLE TEA SHOP

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KOI The

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tealive

Chatime


royaltea

flamingo BLOOM

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WHAT IS A BUBBLE MILK TEA?

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First of all, let's found out what a bubble milk tea is. Bubble milk tea, also known as pearl milk tea or bubble tea, was made in the 1980’s, in Taiwan and Taichung. Just as the name suggests it is a tea-based drink.

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The recipe contains your choice of tea, flavors or milk, even sugar which is optional. The toppings are chewy tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, and puddings are often added in the drink but the main choice of toppings are usually the chewy tapioca balls. Other than it being iced tea, it can also be an ice-blended bubble milk tea.

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HOW DID BUBBLE MILK TEA COME ABOUT?

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The most credible tea vendor, Liu Han Chieh There were many several tea vendors that claimed to be the creator of the bubble milk tea, but the most credible vendor was Liu Han Chieh who runs a teahouse in Taipei. He first discovered the art of drinking cold tea in the early 80's by noticing how Japanese people like to drink cold coffee and thus tried that idea with tea. It was only later in 1988 when Liu poured some tapioca balls into his iced teas and from then on the rest was history.

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Liu Han Chieh's Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taipei

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WHAT ARE TAPIOCA PEARLS MADE OF?

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Tapioca Pearls Tapioca pearls, extracted from the cassava root, are made out of starch. The starchy liquid is squeezed out of ground cassava root and is then allowed to let the water evaporate, leaving the tapioca powder behind which can be made into pearls.

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CASSAVA ROOT PLANTS

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IN MALAYSIA


IS BUBBLE MILK TEA UNHEALTHY?

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The recipe varies but it may contain 1/2 cup of tapioca pearls, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1/8 cup of sweetened condensed milk and therefore it contains 36 grams of sugar which takes up 68% of the recommended intake by the World Health Organization (WHO) but the maximum amount of sugar to be consumed is 50 grams and as you can see, drinking bubble milk tea takes up too much percentage of your sugar intake that when you consume your daily regular meals it will result in excessive consumption of sugar.

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The tapioca pearls are also the reason why bubble milk tea can be unhealthy. It is because of the tapioca pearls being boiled and saturated in sugar, which results to about 14 calories, that it increases the sugar level in the drink.

This is done because without it, just a plain tapioca pearl won't give the taste or flavor that a sugared tapioca pearl ball gives. It consists of almost pure carbohydrate, very little protein, fiber and nutrients.

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Another reason as to why bubble milk tea is unhealthy is trans fats. It is being manufactured through an industrial process and is widely utilized in the food and beverage industry to enrich the taste and texture of the food. Nonetheless, trans fats do have multiple negative health effects, such as:

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It will raise our bad cholesterol level (LDL) It will lower our good cholesterol level (HDL) It will increase our risk of getting heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes significantly It will decrease our memory power It may affect our reproductive ability (Kwan, L. 2018)


MAKE IT HEALTHY!

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HERE ARE TWO OPTIONS TO MAKE YOUR BUBBLE MILK TEA HEALTHIER! 24


Option 1: Ask for less or no; sugar, flavoured syrup, sweetened fruit purees. Ask for fresh milk, low-fat or skimmed, as a substitute for non-diary creamers. Ask for plain bubble tea, without the tapioca pearls or even the milk to reduce calories.

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Option 2: You can also make your own drink by making it with the tapioca pearls along with just 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and a mix of low-fat milk and coconut milk instead of the sweetened condensed milk which will result in a slightly healthier tea drink with 150 calories per serving. Although still a bit high in sugar, it is low enough in fat and calories to justify indulgence as an occasional treat.

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CONCLUSION

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Bubble milk tea is a well-known and well-liked drink but sometimes we do not see that it can be something that could harm us. Therefore we have to be careful and make sure to know what it is that we are drinking or eating. For it is our own responsibility to take care of our own health.

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REFERENCE LIST: Bjarnadottir, A. (2016, July 14). What Is Tapioca and What Is It Good For? Retrieved October 4, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tapioca Bruso, J. (2017, October 03). Is Bubble Tea Healthy? Retrieved October 3, 2018, from https://www.livestrong.com/article/418232-is-bubble-tea-healthy/ Kwan, L. (2018, October 09). Bubble Tea Is The Most Unhealthy Drink According to Nutritionists, Here's Why. Retrieved October 9, 2018, from https://www.worldofbuzz.com/bubble-tea-is-themost-unhealthy-drink-according-to-nutritionists-heres-why/ McEneaney, C. (2017, May 26). A Brief History of Pearl Milk Tea. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from https://theculturetrip.com/asia/taiwan/articles/a-brief-history-of-pearl-milk-tea/ Nichols, D. (2017, June 09). Bubble Tea Is Really Bad for You. Retrieved October 3, 2018, from https://www.thedailymeal.com/cook/bubble-tea-really-bad-you Tang, C. S. (2012, October 30). Liu Han-Chieh[Photograph]. Taipung.

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REFERENCE LIST: Tang, C. S. (2016, October 17). Chun Shui Tang[Photograph found in Taipei]. Retrieved October 8, 2018, from https://www.justgola.com/a/chun-shui-tang-taipei-nanjingbranch-1978052866 (Originally photographed 2016, August 20) S. (2011, June 18). Tapioca Pearls. Retrieved October 8, 2018, from http://www.cakestudent.com/thai-bubble-tea/ (Originally photographed 2011, June 18) Using Tapioca In Recipes. (2016, April 27). In W. (Ed.). Retrieved October 10, 2018, from https://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Tapioca (Originally photographed 2016, July 20) White, D. A. (2018, April 4). Boba and Bubble Teas May Not Be That Nutritious. Retrieved October 10, 2, from https://www.verywellfit.com/is-boba-healthy-4157722 Xin, W. H. (2016, October 3). Food Tips. Retrieved October 3, 2018, from https://www.healthxchange.sg/food-nutrition/food-tips/bubble-tea-healthy-or-not

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