Bavarian Consumer Center warns of additives
The Bavarian Consumer Center warns of possible health risks from the bubble tea fashion drink. The brightly colored fashion drink contains "many colors and flavors, acidulants and preservatives", which "are not always clearly marked", so the statement in the current message from the Bavarian Consumer Center.
Individual health insurance companies and the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) had also warned in the past months about possible health risks from the fashion drink. The main focus was on the high sugar or calorie content and the risk of choking due to the beads contained. The Bavarian Consumer Advice Center now points out potentially questionable ingredients in bubble tea. In a sample in the Munich area, consumer protection groups found that the acidulants contained, as well as the color, aroma and preservatives, were not always clearly labeled and that the staff in the bubble tea bars could often not provide any information about the actual ingredients.
Bubble tea can be swallowed Originally, bubble tea from Taiwan was a natural product made from black or green tea. Over time, however, the mixture changed and the natural ingredients were replaced by artificial additives. The contained, pea-sized balls are soaked in flavor-rich fruit syrup, which they release in the mouth when they burst. The bubble tea is drunk - similar to milkshake - with the help of a thick straw through which the balls can also fit. For the professional association of pediatricians there is a particular risk of the fashion drink. Because especially in the case of smaller children, there is an increased risk of ingestion due to the beads, which in the worst case can lead to a lung collapse, the BVKJ warned a good three months ago. However, the popularity of the bubble teas has not brought the warning down.
Warnings about bubble tea are little heard The advice of the Techniker Krankenkasse that bubble tea with 300 to 500 kilocalories per 200 milliliters is a real calorie bomb does not prevent children and adolescents from enjoying the brightly colored fashion drink. The fact that regular consumption increases the risk of obesity and related complications (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.) later in life does not bother the bubble tea connoisseur. So the current warning from the Bavarian Consumer Advice Center will probably not be heard as well. But at least the operators of the bubble tea bars may learn from the samples taken by the consumer advice center and in future will make sure that the staff is adequately trained to provide more precise information about the ingredients of the bubble tea. Because the general information contains flavorings or preservatives is not sufficient to inform customers. Instead, for example, "labeling of allergy-causing ingredients would be desirable for particularly sensitive people," emphasized the nutrition expert at the Bavarian Consumer Center, Daniela Krehl. Appropriate labeling will be required by law from 2014 anyway. (fp)
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