Milk tea

Milk tea has been on my mind all day, ok probably for the past 3 weeks now since we came to visit Asia 😆 Have you ever wondered what these drinks are? Why they are so popular? And why sometimes you could hear something negative about it too?
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As a self dubbed milk tea addict and expert, here are some stuff about milk tea that I know of –
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1. They originated from Taiwan, are very popular all over Taiwan and China, and slowly but surely spreading its popularity to other countries as well.
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2. The quality of the drink does matter, so as much as I love to drink them, I choose good brands, and always ask for fresh milk, or half and half. The good places naturally use fresh milk, but the average milk tea bars will use “nondairy creamer”, a powdered nondairy milk substitute, which makes a difference in the quality of drink.
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3. Some people think these drinks are high calorie thus unhealthy and will make you gain weight. But I can tell you that’s not true, especially if you are careful with what you ask to be in it. I almost always ask for half sugar and light ice, and if you’re really calorie conscious you can get tea instead of milk tea! But honestly walking around China soooooo many people have a cold and refreshing milk tea drink in their hand, and people here are much skinnier and more fit than in America! So I really don’t think enjoying these boba drinks makes a difference. I have been drinking these for a few years now, even when I was pregnant with my 2nd, and she came out perfectly healthy. And I haven’t gained (nor lost) any weight since high school, minus the pregnancies.
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4. There were these unconfirmed news about this girl and man who drank boba and had stomach ache because of undigested whole bobas. Ummmm they probably got them from really really shady places and didn’t know how to chew?! There are always extreme news out there, if they really made people sick then there wouldn’t be long lines and such popularity! They are made of – milk, tea, sugar, boba and ice! Simple ingredients!
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Since I’m just a little nobody, writing all these of course doesn’t not mean I’m advertising for any companies 😆 I just really like boba milk teas, the end.