Bubble tea is the latest food and beverage trend to hit the United States. Invented in Taiwan, it has been a hit in Japan and China for years. Bubble tea is usually made from tea, milk, sugar, and fruit flavoring. The milk or milk substitute can be low fat or non-fat. Caffeine is a key ingredient in bubble tea because it provides a jolt of energy to customers who are drinking a caffeinated beverage after eating a large meal. A 12 ounce serving of bubble tea contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine.
However, many bubble teas do not contain caffeine at all and there are some variations that have less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per serving. In order to get an accurate measurement of the amount of caffeine in your drink, you must check the label or ask the restaurant or shop that you purchased your drink from. If you want to be safe, then stick with a caffeinated drink with no added sugar, such as a black coffee or a latte with skim milk instead of cream and soy instead of regular milk if you want to reduce your daily intake of caffeine while still enjoying a beverage with your meal.
How Much Caffeine is in Bubble Tea?
Most Bubble Tea contains less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Some Bubble Tea contains no caffeine at all. There are variations of bubble tea that have less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Most flavors of bubble tea, like the ones in the photo below, contain about 50-100 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Bubble tea is usually low in calories because it is made with milk or milk substitute and fruit flavoring. The flavoring can be used to enhance the taste, but it does not add any calories to the drink.
Most restaurants use sugar to sweeten their drinks and also add toppings like whipped cream and fruit slices. Sugar can add calories, so if you want to reduce your daily intake of calories, then order a plain flavor with no toppings or sugar added. For example, Iced Passion Fruit Milk Tea has 120 calories per 12 ounce serving, but it has no sugar added, so I only get 120 calories from this drink when I order it at my favorite Bubble Tea shop that makes this drink with just milk and fruit flavoring without any sugar added.
Why do Bubble Tea Shops Add Caffeine to Their Drinks?
Bubble tea is popular in Asia and there are many variations of the drink. The drink is usually served with sugar or sweetened with agave nectar or honey. The sweetness makes the drink more appealing to customers, and it also masks the bitter taste of the tea that they are drinking. There are also many variations of bubble tea that have less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Some bubble teas are made with green tea, white tea, black tea, pu-erh tea, herbal teas, fruit flavors, or just plain flavored water.
Each type of bubble tea has a different flavor profile, so it is hard to explain why each shop chooses to add caffeine to their drinks, but most bubble teas have some sort of flavoring added, so adding caffeine gives them a stronger flavor profile. Caffeine can mask the bitter taste of other ingredients in a drink, so adding caffeine will help people enjoy their drinks more because they will not notice as much bitterness from other ingredients in their drinks, like tannins or acids found in certain teas like green or white teas. There are many types of bubble tea that contain caffeine and some that do not.
For example, there are variations of the drink that have less than 100 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Some shops add a little caffeine to enhance the flavor of their drinks and also add a bit of sugar or sweetener to make the drink taste better. Most shops add sugar or sweetener to their drinks, but some shops choose not to add any sweetener because they do not want customers to get too thirsty while they are drinking their drink.
How Much Bubble Tea Consumption is Safe?
You can enjoy bubble tea without caffeine if you order a drink that has no added sugar or sweetener. If you want to reduce your daily intake of caffeine, then stick with black coffee or a latte with skim milk instead of cream and soy instead of regular milk. Caffeine can mask the bitter taste of other ingredients in a drink, so adding caffeine will help people enjoy their drinks more because they will not notice as much bitterness from other ingredients in their drinks, like tannins or acids found in certain teas like green or white teas. The problem is that most bubble tea shops add sugar or sweetener to their drinks, which is not good for you if you are trying to reduce your daily intake of calories. The best way to reduce your daily intake of calories is to avoid sugar and sweeteners in any form when you are eating out at restaurants.
Can I Drink Bubble Tea If I Am Pregnant?
It is hard to say for sure if you can safely drink bubble tea during pregnancy because it is such a new trend in the United States and there are no studies that show how much caffeine in bubble tea is safe for pregnant women. The best thing you can do if you are pregnant is to ask your doctor what he or she thinks about drinking caffeinated beverages during pregnancy and whether you should be worried about consuming too much caffeine during pregnancy.
Most doctors recommend getting regular exercise, eating healthy foods, and drinking plenty of water so try to keep your weight up and keep hydrated, so you will not get dehydrated while you are pregnant. You should also make sure that you do not drink too much caffeine if you are pregnant, because too much caffeine can be harmful to your baby.