Most things are better in moderation – and this obviously includes bubble tea.
A 14-year-old girl from Zhejiang Province, China, was reportedly hospitalized in late May after suffering constipation for five days, Asia One reports. The culprit: tapioca pearls, which are often found at the bottom of the popular drink.
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A doctor named Zhang Louzhen, searching for the cause of the girl's digestive discomfort, performed a CT scan on her abdomen and made a shocking discovery – an estimated 100 undigested tapioca pearls.
At first, the girl hesitated to answer questions about her bubble tea habits. But eventually she allegedly admitted to drinking a cup of tea before being hospitalized. But Louzhen said it would take more than a cup of foam tea to get to the hospital.
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The 14-year-old was given laxatives and she was sent home, according to Asia One, who did not disclose any details about her current condition.
In addition to adding calories to the drink, Bubble Tea pearls – also known as Boba – can be hard to digest for the body because, according to Asia One, they are made from starch.