We’ve been big fans of bubble tea for decades – the refreshing beverage with little pearls of tapioca floating in it is one of the best things to sip on a hot summer day. But after reading this recent news article out of China, we might think twice before ordering one.
A young girl was taken to a hospital in Zhejiang province complaining of constipation, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Doctors ordered a CT scan, and when they got it back they saw something very bizarre – over a hundred spherical objects all through her digestive system. After examining the possibilities, doctors realized they were the tapioca pearls from bubble tea – but way more of them than you’d get in a single serving.
The girl claimed that she’d only had a cup of tea in the last week, but the physical evidence to the contrary told a different story. The starchy nature of the tapioca pearls means they can take a very long time to be broken down in the digestive tract, and some manufacturers add stabilizers and thickeners that can take even longer. The attending physician believes that the young lady had been gorging on bubble tea for some time to leave her guts in such a state.
She was prescribed a course of laxatives and discharged into the custody of her parents, who will no doubt be keeping a close eye on her beverage habits.
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