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Boba nutrition facts for the regular boba tea drinkers

So, you consider yourself a boba tea connoisseur – you know what’s good! You reach for a cup of this amazing drink now and then (probably more often than your friends) you start getting interested in the boba nutrition facts.

You may even ask yourself: “Should I be drinking boba tea almost every day?” Well, giving you a definite yes/no answer wouldn’t be fair. Why?

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Simply put, whether you should enjoy drinking boba tea every day depends on various factors such as your overall health, dietary preferences, and lifestyle. So, to make the right decision, see the below boba nutrition facts and decide for yourself.

Basic boba nutrition facts 

Listing every single boba drink’s nutrition facts would be pretty challenging, given that there are more than thousands of boba tea stores in the United States alone, each one with its own unique menu. 

The good thing, however, is that there are a couple of ingredients commonly used in all places selling boba tea. This is what we’re going to look into now to provide you with the basic boba nutrition facts.

#1: Black tea

Black teacontains antioxidantsthat may promote heart health. It also provides a moderate caffeine boost, supporting alertness. Studies suggest potential benefits for reducing the risk of stroke and improving cholesterol levels.

Approximate nutrition facts for an 8-ounce cup of black tea for reference:

  • Calories: 2
  • Total fat: 0 g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
  • Sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
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#2: Tapioca pearls

Tapioca pearls are made from the cassava root (primarily composed of starch and water). They are gluten-free and offer a unique chewy texture to boba tea. While low in nutrients, they are a source of carbohydrates, providing a quick energy boost.

Approximate nutrition facts for 1 ounce (28 grammes) of tapioca pearls for reference:

  • Calories: 100
  • Total fat: 0 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
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#3: Milk

Dairy milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, supports bone health, and provides proteinfor muscle function. Non-dairy alternatives (such as almond, soy, or coconut milk) vary in nutritional content but can offer additional benefits, such as being lactose-free or providing heart-healthy fats.

Approximate nutrition facts for 8-ounce cup of whole cow’s milk for reference:

  • Calories: 150
  • Total fat: 8 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Sugars: 12 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Calcium: 30% of the daily value
  • Vitamin D: 25% of the daily value
  • Vitamin A: 6% of the daily value
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#4: Sweeteners (sugar, syrups)

Sugar or sweet syrups are often added to boba tea to enhance its sweetness. However, they significantly contribute to the overall calorie content. Alternatives such as honey or agave syrup deliver trace amounts of nutrients, a characteristic that can’t be attributed to regular white sugar.

Approximate nutrition facts for 1 teaspoon of white sugar for reference:

  • Calories: 15
  • Total fat: 0 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 0 g

#5: Flavoured syrups and fruit purees

Flavoured syrups or fruit purees are used to add diverse tastes to boba tea. These can include ingredients like fruit extracts, vanilla, or chocolate. While they make a drink’s flavour more interesting and distinctive, be mindful of these components’ added sugars and calories.

Approximate nutrition facts for half of a cup (about 120 grammes) of unsweetened mango puree for reference:

  • Calories: 50
  • Total fat: 0.5 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Sugars: 20 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin C: 60% of the daily value
  • Vitamin A: 15% of the daily value

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