The NRW Ministry of Consumer Protection could not find any substances that are hazardous to health in bubble tea
The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Consumer Protection contradicts a study result from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH), according to which the trend drink "bubble tea" contains substances that could endanger the health of consumers. However, the high sugar content remains critical, which poses a health hazard.
In cooperation with the "Leco" company from Mönchengladbach, scientists from the Technical University of Aachen had detected toxic ingredients in bubble tea. Among other things, it is said to have been so-called brominated biphenyls, which were classified as PCB-like substances. In addition, allergy-causing substances in the beads of the drink were determined with the help of a special device, which, according to the researchers, could additionally increase the risk of cancer. Numerous magazines subsequently titled: "Toxins in Bubble Tea".
No "brominated biphenyls" in bubble tea
However, own studies by the NRW Ministry have shown that "there are no indications of brominated biphenyls". In addition, the drinks tested were "free of pollutants such as styrene and acetophenone". For the test, the consumer ministry had taken a total of 84 samples (44 beads, 34 samples of fruit syrup, 6 samples of complete tea drinks) from different shops. The evaluation was also necessary because the fashion drinks were not sufficiently declared with ingredients.
Still too much sugar, especially for children
The ministry continues to criticize the high sugar content. Bubble Tea remains a high-calorie drink with an average of 300 to 500 calories per serving. This roughly corresponds to a main meal and "is therefore assessed very critically from a nutritional point of view". In particular, this study also lacked important information due to the problem of possible swallowing of the balls in children under the age of four. Although there is no legal requirement for the distributors of the products, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment also sees a need for such a reference.
In addition, the campaign also examined for heavy metals and other ingredients that may arise during the production of flavors. As a result, no "significant levels of heavy metals or other health-endangering substances could be detected". (sb)
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