Girl rushed to hospital with 100 bubble tea balls in her stomach

Girl rushed to hospital with 100 bubble tea balls in her stomach”

It was those starchy balls that landed the 14-year-old girl from Zhejiang province in eastern China in trouble.

The girl, 14, was reportedly addicted to bubble tea.

But her love of the popular milk drink, which is packed with tapioca balls, ended with her in hospital and hundreds of undigested black, chewy pearls lodged in her stomach.

The girl was ultimately given laxatives to relieve her symptoms, Asia One reports.

While the girl insisted she had only drunk one bubble tea a week ago, Doctor Zhang Louzhen, who treated the teenager said she must have consumed lots of the pearls to cause such a build up - and that she may be hiding her bubble tea habit from her parents.

Once a relatively obscure drink only found in Taiwan, boba or bubble tea's popularity has sky rocketed in the recent years, especially across several Asian countries. Tea contains polyphenols, which are thought to reduce inflammation in the body and protect cells.

So, unlike popular perception, bubble tea may not be as fun and harmless as it seems. "A large tiramisu bubble tea at my local shop clocks in at more than 500 calories", said Kuzemchak.

Those who can't resist a bubble tea once in a while are advised to order a drink with a low level of sweetness, or better still unsweetened; and choose regular milk versus creamer or condensed milk.

A young woman sips bubble tea outside a bubble tea cafe on August 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Chewy tapioca balls are often added to the cold, milky drink.

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