Starbucks Just Launched 3 New Boba-Inspired Drinks—Here’s What Registered Dietitians Think

In the article "Starbucks Just Launched 3 New Boba-Inspired Drinks—Here's What Registered Dietitians Think," Scott Keatley, RD, provides detailed insights on the nutritional aspects of Starbucks' new summer drinks, focusing particularly on the fruit-flavored pearls which are a key ingredient in these beverages.

Scott Keatley points out that while traditional bubble tea pearls are made from tapioca and might cause gastrointestinal issues like constipation, the raspberry-flavored pearls used in Starbucks' new drinks are less likely to induce such side effects. However, he cautions that these pearls should still be consumed in moderation due to their sugar content and other digestive considerations.

Keatley also discusses the overall nutritional profile of these drinks, noting their high sugar and carbohydrate content but lack of fat, fiber, or protein. He emphasizes that while these drinks are high in sugar, they can fit into a broader spectrum of dietary indulgences when enjoyed in moderation. He commends the use of some natural ingredients in these drinks and highlights the importance of balance and moderation in one's diet.

Additionally, Keatley offers practical advice for those who enjoy bubble tea, suggesting they choose days when their overall sugar intake is lower to accommodate such indulgences without disrupting their nutritional goals. This helps contextualize these high-sugar drinks within a balanced dietary approach, underscoring the idea that moderation is key.