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Think twice before buying to-go tea drinks: CF

The Customers' Foundation (CF, 消基會) recently released the results of an investigation on the prices charged by milk tea vendors, noting that some consumers may have been victims of deceptive pricing.

With the continuous hot weather in Taiwan, many people tend to purchase cold tea drinks from milk tea vendors to cool down on hot summer days; however, the foundation announced yesterday that the prices between black tea and pearl milk tea differs largely in chain stores including King Tea (清玉), Orange House (橘子工坊) and Cha for Tea (喫茶去)

By taking samples from 14 to-go tea vendors, the foundation found that the prices of large-sized milk teas varied from NT$35 to NT$50, with NT$20 to NT$40 for black tea, NT$20 to NT$30 for white goAurd tea and NT$35 to NT$50 for yogurt green tea. Although the capacity, ingredients and flavors are likely to differ when it comes to different chain stores, allowing the customers different choices depending on their preferences, many are still deceived by advertising strategies, according to the CF survey.

Doctors called for public awareness for the large amount of sugar the beverages contain, which will not only lead to high blood pressure but also cardiovascular diseases. It requires one to climb 392 stairs to burn off the calories gained from consuming 700cc of pearl milk tea, therefore, consumers are advised to drink more water instead of purchasing drinks from milk tea vendors.

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