Many individuals seek the refreshing taste of bubble tea as a cool treat on a hot day. However, a recent report made by the digital news platform Asia One is slowly making enthusiasts of the drink wonder if it indeed poses serious health problems.
According to the statement, a 14-year-old was rushed to a Chinese hospital because of stomach pains that were believed to have been caused by drinking too much bubble tea that contains about a hundred tapioca pearls. The doctors who observed the patient said that those pearls might have build up inside her body, resulting in a blockage.
At first glance, it seems like a sensationalized narrative, but it did take place. If there is anything that one needs to learn from the situation, it is to enjoy things in moderation.
Dr. Ryan Marino, an emergency physician at UPMC in Pittsburgh, admits that it could be possible for tapioca to stick together in the stomach which may eventually lead to constipation.
He believes that such a situation is supported by the possibility of uncooked and undercooked tapioca pearls that are not easily digested by the stomach. He also thinks that to experience a severe problem, one would have to drink large amounts of bubble tea. Allegedly, the girl revealed that she drank one bubble tea before being rushed to the hospital.
There are indeed many causes of constipation that people may not be aware of. Truly, drinking bubble tea is one of these causes. That said, Marino emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
He said that the amount of water people drink in a day could make them more or less constipated as well. Therefore, someone who drinks bubble tea way too much and getting a significant blockage is an extreme example. If one is drinking something that is doused in sugar, it is crucial to keep the body hydrated.
The verdict? Always remember to drink bubble tea sparingly. If people want to enjoy their boba, the first step that should be taken into account is the regular habits one need to do like drinking plenty of water.