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Health 123 - Why is bubble tea so addictive?

In recent years, there are many new bubble milk tea stores popping up in Malaysia. Drinking bubble tea has become a routine in many people’s lives. This popular bubble or boba milk tea in hand is the trendiest thing ever! But have you ever wondered why are these bubble tea shops always having long queue? Is it really just for the trend? Apart from it being trendy, most importantly is… the bubble tea addiction! If you are in the state whereby you can’t resist bubble tea at all…congratulations…you are addicted!

But of course, the pearls, milk and tea are not toxic material, they are just food. But if you love drinking bubble tea, you are actually addicted to its sugar. Did you know? Sugar is as addictive as cocaine! However, it is widely used as a ‘legal drug’ worldwide, as it causes addiction in the brain. After consuming sugar-containing food, the sugar rush can make you feel good and happy. Studies showed that when you eat sugar, the brain will release endorphins such as dopamine (the feel-good hormone) and make you feel satisfied, and signal you to quickly finish up this cup of bubble tea! The sugar will then be broken down immediately by the digestive system and raise your blood sugar, hence makes you happy! In order to maintain the good feelings, you tend to crave for bubble tea or any other sweetened drinks!

According to the experts, sugar brings negative health impacts much more than fats and calories do. Eating too much of sugar can cause weight gain, diabetes and also….liver problem! So ladies, when you are nagging about your alcoholic husband or boyfriend that alcohol is bad for their liver, did you know that drinking sweetened bubble tea is also stressing your liver out??? Both alcohol and sweetened drinks will also cause fatty liver!

Thinking of quitting the sugar addiction? From today onwards, resist and don’t drink more than a cup of bubble tea or any other sweetened drinks in a week. If possible, choose drinks with no added sugar at all! But if you can’t control yourself, after taking a cup of bubble tea, remember to take stairs of 2,393 steps, which means take a climb up and down KL tower or Batu Caves for 5 rounds will do!