Sino ang may gusto sa milk tea, taas ang kamay!
Yes, congrats Philippines, milk tea is now officially back as a craze. Actually, it’s been here since 2008, pero mas naging trend siya lately because of new players in the market. Add the popularity of social media sites especially Instagram, where everyone posts pictures of their favorite drink. So mas more of a craze ang milk tea craving ngayon.
Similarly, milk tea has now become a status symbol of sorts. It’s not just because you want a refreshing drink to cool off, but a way to show na belong ka. And it’s no longer just being able to afford the Sereniteas, the Cocos, or even the Gong Chas. Dapat Macao Imperial or Tiger Sugar para masabing class ka.
Actually we have no problem downing a cup or two of our favorite tea beverage! However, kung bumibili ka na ng bubble tea three times a day, every day, baka kelangang hinay-hinay muna. Here are five ways to manage your milk tea cravings.
1. Skip the sugar
Recent studies from abroad have shown that milk or bubble teas can have up to three times the amount of sugar versus a can of soda*. Even more importantly, it was found that Filipinos are at higher risk of having Type 2 diabetes due to increased consumption of milk tea**.
Seemingly, bubble tea may have some health benefits, such as calcium from milk and antioxidants from tea. However, these may be negated due to the sugar content from sweeteners and added pearls (sago).
So, kung gusto mong ma-enjoy ang milk tea as a health drink compared to processed beverages, consider minimizing or skipping the sugar altogether. Pwede rin na bawasan ang pagbili maya-maya o araw-araw. A nutritionist recommends drinking one large serving once a week if you can’t live without it para hindi ka magka-diabetes***.
2. Minimize the spending
Come to think of it, hindi basta-basta ang presyo ng tea beverages ngayon. In addition, may sugar tax pa kaya ang presyo ng legit na bubble tea ay ganun na lang. Assuming you spend 100 pesos for milk tea every day, at the end of the year you would have spent ₱36,000!
Malayo-layo rin ang aabutin ng 36K mo na yan. Nakapag-trip to Hong Kong or Korea ka na or nakapagpaaral sa preschool ng isang taon, o nakabili ng mamahaling smartphone. Pero sa panahong ito na mahirap ang kumita ng pera, hindi mo basta itatapon ang halagang iyan. But that’s exactly what’s happening if you buy bubble tea everyday. So, consider minimizing your spending para hindi masayang ang kita mo. Makakaiwas ka pa sa pagkakasakit.
3. Drink more water
Tea is essentially a diuretic, which means, it causes your body to flush water. Ang effect nito ay ang mas madalas mong pagpunta sa CR para umihi. However, as mentioned earlier, milk tea has a significant sugar content. As a result, you are also at risk of urinary tract infection kapag madalas kang umiinom.
If you drink bubble tea quite often, you need to increase your water intake to offset the potential harm of added sugar to your body. Better yet, mas dalasan ang pag-inom ng tubig imbes na milk tea kung gusto mo talaga ng healthy drink. Water keeps you feeling full, and it naturally cleanses your body by flushing out toxins and waste products. So kung gusto mo maging healthy, skip the bubble tea and drink more water instead.
4. Change your route
Sometimes, all you need to break a habit is to change your route. Therefore, kung araw-araw may nadadaanan kang tindahan ng milk tea, baka mas makakatulong sa iyo na iwasan ang usual ruta mo.
Mahirap maging healthy sa panahon ngayon dahil readily available ang mga gaya ng bubble tea o chichirya kahit saan. As such, challenge talaga na maging disiplinado kung gusto nating maging healthy sa kinakain o iniinom natin. Kung iiwasan natin ang mga usual na bilihan ng mga gusto natin, makakatulong ito sa atin para mas ma-control ang ating mga cravings. You can reward yourself every now and then, but make sure to establish healthy eating and drinking as your main habit.
5. Make your own milk tea
If you can’t remove your cravings, might as well opt for a healthier alternative! Actually, it’s easy to make milk tea on your own. Steep tea leaves or tea bags in hot water, add milk, then top it off with ice cubes and sago. Ganun lang kadali!
Making your own bubble tea can be healthier because you can control or totally eliminate the sugar. You can also choose which tea you like to maximize the health benefits. Even more importantly, pwede kang mag-experiment at gumawa ng sarili mong brew or flavors!
Moreover, some stores use non-dairy creamers, which are processed, instead of fresh milk. So, kapag ikaw ang gumagawa ng sarili mong milk tea, mas mapipili mo ang healthier ingredients. Nakatipid ka pa dahil wala kang binabayaran para gumawa para sa iyo.
There you have it, five ways to manage your milk tea cravings. We hope these tips are your cup of tea. Stay healthy, cheers!
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*Source: Channel News Asia
***Source: GMA News Online
Infographics by AAI Marketing
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