Boba May Contain Cancer-Causing Chemicals

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Just got some frightening news about boba, the drink we love to chew (and sometimes shoot at friends with those giant straws).  

German researchers warn that the boba balls--or tapioca or pearls or bubbles or whatever you like to call them--may contain cancer-causing carcinogens. They told The Local newspaper that in analyzing the tapioca balls, they found polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs such as styrene, acetophenone and brominated substances, chemicals that should not be ingested. New York Daily News reports that the samples were taken from an unnamed chain in northwest Germany and the balls were made in Taiwan.  

In short, as researcher Manfred Möller tells The Local in very scientific terms, boba contains "all sorts of crap." 

It's a scary thought for anyone who (like me) fuels up on the gelatinous lumps of goodness, but there haven't been any American studies to our knowledge so college kids and sweet-drink fiends are unlikely to give up the balls just yet. In fact, here are 10 Things You Should Know About Boba.


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Meredith Walako
Meredith Walako

I always knew there just wasn't quite right about boba.

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

What about my tapioca pudding?

Janis E Martinez
Janis E Martinez

anything can give you cancer, just a matter of moderation!

lorianglerocks
lorianglerocks

I used to say "By the time I get Cancer, they will have a cure for it, lol"  Unfortunately I got breast cancer at 28 and am having a double mastectomy in less than two weeks. So please take care of yourselves and avoid toxins. 

 

Nestor Jaimes
Nestor Jaimes

my cuzin told me not to eat the black stuff... i asked why... he replied, it gives you the shits... i spat that shit out faster than you can say "i won a math debate" 5 Xs in a row

rebecca_wasson
rebecca_wasson

@YumiFujii @OCWeeklyFood We're all gonna get cancer anyways.

cttnmth882
cttnmth882

 @lorianglerocks   I used to say stuff like that all the time.  I'm a survivor I had a tumor that was one in a million that is usually discovered in people in their 70's at 30.  Keep Smiling and laughing once you loose optimism and your sense of humor you loose hope.  Good Luck and keep your head up.

billyboblee310
billyboblee310

@rebecca_wasson Same as saying Why take care of our health & instead just let ourselves get older faster or die younger!

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