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Techniker Krankenkasse warns against thickening bubble tea
Bubble tea is currently extremely popular as a fashion drink among children and adolescents, but due to the enormous dosage of the (fruit) sugar contained, regular consumption threatens considerable health disadvantages. Children in particular should therefore not consume too much of the fashion drink, warns the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) in a recent message.
Occasionally the impression arises that every generation has its own very special soft drinks. For example, energy drinks enjoyed a popularity that was difficult to understand due to their taste, and the consumption of alcopops (mixed drinks made from alcohol and lemonade) was so widespread among young people that politicians were forced to intervene. Now everyone is talking about bubble tea and is rapidly developing into a trendy drink. However, health insurance companies and doctors warn of the fashion drink - because bubble tea is a real calorie bomb and there is a risk of choking in young children.
Not a thirst quencher but a fattener
Bubble Tea is made with the help of extremely high-calorie fruit syrup and also contains chewing gum-like balls that are additionally sweetened. The calorie content of the tea drink is 300 to 500 calories per 200 milliliters, which corresponds to around a third of a child's daily energy requirements, explained the nutritionist at TK, Mechthild Fröhlich. Regular drinking of bubble tea is therefore strongly discouraged, since the risk of being overweight and other complications such as diabetes or cardiovascular complaints increases significantly later in life due to the calorie bombs. Mechthild Fröhlich emphasized in the press release from the Rhineland-Palatinate's TK state agency that consumers should be aware that "they are eating a candy rather than a thirst quencher. According to the experts, bubble tea is a" liquid fattening agent ".
Bubble tea with danger of swallowing for toddlers Almost three months ago, the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) warned of the health risks of bubble teas for children in a press release, but referred to the risk of lung collapse if the balls contained were swallowed . The BVKL particularly saw small children at risk here. However, the risk of being overweight due to the calorie bombs, which was the reason for the warning of the TK, was left out. The nutrition expert at TK describes the sugar dissolved in the liquid as "basically insidious about soft drinks," because "in this way we usually take in more sugar than we are aware of." According to Mechthild Fröhlich, this is one of the reasons that "soft drinks can also quickly increase weight".
Water is the best thirst quencher As an alternative to the high-calorie soft drinks, the TK expert recommends fruit juice spritzers or fruit teas, for example, which are just as tasty as the popular soft drinks. If in doubt, the tea can also be sweetened with a little honey. According to the experts, those who do not attach particular importance to taste should resort to the best thirst quencher par excellence: water. Tap water as well as mineral, spring and table water are equally well suited. The cheapest option is "the cool water from the tap" and numerous studies by independent institutes have shown that tap water is better than its reputation, according to the TK. (fp)
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