It may surprise you to know that bubble tea has actually been around since the 80s, when it was created in Taiwan.
A 14-year-old girl in China who suffered severe constipation for a week was reportedly full of bubble tea balls.
However, doctors believed the girl was concealing the depths of her bubble tea habit to avoid getting in trouble from her parents.
A young Chinese girl's love of bubble tea has seen her end up in hospital and prompted doctors to warn about drinking the sweet beverage in moderation. When doctors did a CT scan, they found at least 100 tapioca pearls in the teen's stomach, Asia One reported.
Xiao Shen - who said she'd only had one cup of the pearl milk tea - was prescribed laxatives to help her pass the balls. Tapioca's starchy nature is what likely led to the build-up in the girl's stomach, says Niket Sonpal, M.D.an internist and gastroenterologist in New York City.
The pearls in the drink are made of a tapioca starch, "which is not easy to digest".