I’ve never really been one to get too exotic or fancy with my beverage choices, and for years I shed away from anything that wasn’t water or juice. So when I finally took the plunge and tried a drink called boba, and liked it, I was pleasantly surprised. I was even more surprised to learn of the nutritional value of the drink.
If you don’t know, boba or “bubble tea”, is a Taiwanese tea based drink that has tapioca balls added to it for flavor. Made with either milk or fruit juice, the drink is usually mixed with syrup that results in a creamy consistency. Also known as tapioca pearls, boba are tiny black spheres of starch made from the cassava root. When properly cooked, boba takes on a soft, chewy consistency and has a sweet flavor. Great taste isn’t the only thing that boba offers, as it has added nutrition, as well.
The size of boba balls varies from around half an inch to a sixteenth of an inch. Regardless of size, each boba has the same nutritional value per ounce. One ounce of boba contains roughly 100 calories.
A one ounce serving of boba drink contains absolutely no fat, and is often a large reason that many choose boba as a post workout drink. However, there is additional starch which may lead to weight gain without a consistent regimen of physical activity. So be cautious as to how much you drink in a short amount of time; calories can be burned off far easier than starchy fat in the body can be.
Within the same one ounce serving of boba, the tapioca provides 25g of carbohydrates.The USDA recommends that the ideal amount to consume in a day is less than 300 g of carbohydrates, meaning the 25g of carbs in boba represents roughly eight percent of the daily recommended intake for any one person.
Sadly, even though it is made with fruit most of the time, boba contains very little in the way of vitamins and minerals. That same one ounce serving of boba has roughly 3.1mg of potassium and 5.7 mg of calcium. These number change depending on the contents of the drink itself. It is recommended that a person receives around 3,500mg of potassium and 1,000mg of calcium each day, meaning that in this one ounce serving, the daily intake is not fully met, so be careful about aiming to get all of your nutrients for the day in your boba.
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