If you were ever conscious about the amount of sugar in your bubble tea, prepare to be acutely aware of it come end-2021. The hidden sugars in bubble tea are hidden no more then, as Singapore’s newest measure in its war on diabetes kicks in.
That means we will be finding nutrition labels with grades A to D on pre-packaged non-alcoholic drinks with a high sugar or saturated fat content.
A is considered the healthiest with less than one per cent sugar, such as plain water and unsweetened teas. D is the unhealthiest with over 10 per cent sugar, like soft drinks and energy drinks. And it probably goes without saying where the beloved bubble tea belongs.
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Some bubble tea chains, though, have been a step ahead and introduced healthier options for its fans – and no, we’re not talking about choosing sugar levels. LiHO for example, has drinks on their menu certified with the Health Promotion Board’s Healthier Choice symbol, and Heytea offers Stevia as a substitute to sugar.
Here are some other bubble teas you can try that won’t leave you too guilty after you’ve slurped up the whole cup.