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Hungry Girl Today: 09.27.06


Dear Hungry Girl,

I love Boba drinks. Please tell me, are they bad for you?

Boba-Luvin' Babe

Dear Boba-Luvin' Babe,

For those of you who aren't familiar with boba, it's basically a sweet tea drink
with gummy balls of tapioca. And although the boba craze peaked in 2002, I
tried my first boba drink just a couple of years ago. I can understand why
people either love or hate it. Those weird little round jellies seem a little out
of place in tea. But I loved it (and the cool giant boba straw) and
immediately wanted to know if boba drinks were diet-friendly. Turns out,
they're not. Sure, you can get sugar-free boba tea and go with low-fat milk
(or cut out the milk altogether) -- but the tapioca balls themselves are often
a problem. It's nearly impossible to get clear info on this, but my research
shows that each boba ball contains between 5 and 14 calories. A typical boba
drink uses between 25 and 75 of these tapioca pearls, so that means that
just the tapioca in your drink can easily add up to hundreds of calories. And
that's without the tea blend! So, your boba drink will probably contain 400 -
1000 calories, depending on the size and the ingredients. Lollicup, a popular
chain that features boba drinks, offers teas that are lower-cal and low-fat,
and they claim that a serving of their boba balls only has 87 calories and no
fat; so if you poke around their website you can figure out ways to create
boba drinks that have about 150 calories or so. Boba tea is definitely tricky,
so unless you know exactly what you're getting, be very careful.


Dear Hungry Girl,

I don't know how many calories I should be eating a day. What's a good

Curious Calorie-Counter

Dear Curious,

The number of calories needed per day varies from person to person
depending on age, sex, height, weight and activity level. Still, most experts
recommend that no one dip below 1,200 calories a day (someone PLEASE
relay this info to young Hollywood). Taking in too few calories could keep you
from getting necessary nutrients or cause your body to go into starvation
mode and, consequently, do screwy things to your metabolism. To find out
how many calories you should be taking in daily, visit or Vhi
Healthcare. These sites provide cool little tools that calculate your
personalized caloric needs. Also, check out this health calculator on iVillage
for a breakdown of how many grams of fat, carbs, protein, etc. you should
take in per day. Good stuff!

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