And, then there’s bubble tea – the drink that’s fun to eat. Bubble tea, reportedly invented in Taiwan tea shops, is a tea base beverage that is mixed with fruit or milk. It can be frozen, chilled or served as a sort-of slushy and comes loaded with small chewy tapioca balls you can slurp up through a wide straw and eat. Bubble tea may contain some of the same antioxidants as tea, but some recent reports have linked certain types of the tapioca pearls with cancer. The reports haven’t been verified to date, though. It might just be a scare tactic.
It’s interesting that these two trends produce big discussion. Is coconut water really the fountain of youth and is bubble tea really the end of civilization as we know it?
I think we should combine the two drinks into a coconut water bubble tea concoction. The coconut water’s health benefits would negate any negative effects tapioca might have on human cells. The result? A tasty, healthful, fun beverage, maybe called Coco Tapi Tea.