Tapioca pearls in bubble tea contain carcinogens: German study

German health authorities and researchers have come out swinging recently against the Taiwanese drink bubble tea, warning that the popular dessert beverage presents a choking hazard to children and may contain cancer-causing chemicals.

The warnings, released separately, come as Europe, and Germany in particular, begin to catch on to the bubble tea trend which has already swept major urban centers in North America to become a popular dessert beverage.

After analyzing the tapioca balls which make up the ‘bubbles' in the drink, researchers from the University Hospital Aachen, for instance, found that the pearls contained polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs such as styrene, acetophenone, and brominated substances, chemicals that shouldn't be in food at all, researchers told German paper The Local.

Samples were taken from an unnamed chain in Mönchengladbach, in northwest Germany and the tapioca balls were made in Taiwan.

The study comes on the heels of a public health warning from the country's German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment earlier this month, which warned that the tapioca balls also present a choking risk to children.

"Especially with children aged up to four years, there is a risk of foreign objects accidentally entering the lungs," said Dr. Andreas Hensel in a statement.  "And that is precisely what can happen when the bubbles are sucked up through a straw."

Meanwhile, the institute says no bubble tea-related accidents have yet been reported.

 

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

Most Popular

  • Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Healthy Living - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:34 PM PHT
    Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Those sweets are just one category of "fermentable carbohydrates," foods that can wreak havoc on some people's guts (another common irritating class is lactose), causing diarrhea, gas and/or bloating. …

  • 8 Health Flubs You Make Every Day

    8 Health Flubs You Make Every Day

    Healthy Living - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 4:54 AM PHT
    8 Health Flubs You Make Every Day

    If you blow, pick, or pluck your nose, you're not doing yourself any favors. And that's just one body part! Here are eight health sins you didn't realize you were making. …

  • 5 Habits You Need for a Lifetime of Great Sleep

    5 Habits You Need for a Lifetime of Great Sleep

    Healthy Living - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:33 PM PHT
    5 Habits You Need for a Lifetime of Great Sleep

    Work on developing these habits to sleep soundly every single night. …

  • 15 Things Introverts Love

    15 Things Introverts Love

    Healthy Living - 15 hours ago
    15 Things Introverts Love

    You're all in favor of a long conversation with a friend. But small talk with strangers? Not so much. …

  • Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

    Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

    Healthy Living - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:38 PM PHT
    Weight Loss Mistakes Beginners Make

    Weight-loss rookies beware: despite your best efforts, you may be making some well-intentioned mistakes that not only halt your progress, but can actually cause weight gain, leaving you feeling anything but motivated. …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options
POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options