Pediatricians warn that toddlers could experience lung collapse from bubble teas
In more and more cities, the new cult tea drinks called "bubble tea" are spreading. Children and adolescents in particular love the brightly colored and sweet drinks. The high sugar tea does not have much in common with a natural product. Pediatricians also warn of serious health risks for young children. You could choke on the little balls in the tea. If they get into the windpipe, the bullet could lead to severe lung collapse or pneumonia.
Bullets can get into the trachea
The professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) warned on Wednesday in Cologne against the consumption of the so-called "bubble teas". According to the doctors, small children could choke on the small starchy balls. The balls are contained in each of these fashion drinks and are just the size of a peanut. Children and adolescents take up the sticky dimensions through the straw. If these get into the child's windpipe, a severe lung collapse can be provoked, which must be treated immediately in emergency medicine.
The reason for this is, among other things, the consistency of the balls and the type of intake of the drink. Not only are they colorful and extremely sweet, they're also sticky and gum-like. This makes it difficult for the consumer to chew them. If the balls get into the lungs through the trachea, pneumonia can subsequently develop. Under certain circumstances, the aforementioned lung collapse can also happen. “If the beads get into the lungs through the windpipe, they can lead to pneumonia or even to a lung collapse,” warns Dr. Wolfram Hartmann.
Lung collapse is an emergency
Observing bystanders or parents that children suddenly experience a strong cough after drinking the supposed tea should be acted upon immediately, as the President of the Medical Association, Dr. med. Wolfram Hartmann, emphasized. Another symptom is shortness of breath, which can occur but is not always accompanied by a lung collapse. In such cases, parents should immediately call 911 and have their child taken to a clinic with an emergency doctor. As a rule, bronchoscopy is carried out in the hospital, "otherwise the complication rate will increase," says the pediatrician. In this context, the association president asked the Federal Minister of Consumer Affairs to create new legal regulations. In his opinion, warnings should be attached to the tea cups and packaging in the shops.
Bubble Tea: No longer a natural product today
Bubble tea was first offered in Taiwan a good 26 years ago. Since then, the mixed drinks have been sold on every corner all over Asia. Back then, tea was actually used for the preparation. The suppliers usually mixed the colorful balls with green, black or olong tea. The balls consist of the strength of the cassava root and are cooked with maple syrup. When the tea was also offered in other parts of the world, the mixture also changed. Today tea is rarely found in bubble tea. And if so, then only in very small quantities.
Far too many calories today
The brand name "bubble tea" suggests, however, that the drink is a possibly healthy tea drink with natural ingredients. This is not how health experts have warned for a long time. On average, one cup of the drink contains “a third of the total energy requirement per day,” says nutritionist Sven-David Müller. A mug with only 0.2 liters contains between 300 and 500 calories.
The main problem is the very sweet syrup it contains. It also contains numerous preservatives and dyes, says Müller. The colored pearls float in milk or in fruit juice with ice. "There is no trace of nature in this drink", the expert warns against "Bild". The term "tea" is apparently intended to "mislead" consumers today. (sb)
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