Wait, so bubble tea might actually be bad for your health

Thanks to the growing popularity of bubble tea, fans can get their fix in pretty much any neighborhood in New York City. It use to be a special treat you had to visit Chinatown to find, but now there's practically a new chain, including spots like Vivi Bubble Tea and Boba Guys, opening on almost every street corner.

For bubble tea fans, this is possibly the best thing to happen to them. But if this is one of the drinks you consume regularly, you might want to scale back.

On the outside, it looks innocent—tea, milk and tapioca pearls—but it's those pearls you really need to worry about. The little balls of starch are all sugar, which means the calories quickly add up, some reaching as high as 440 calories for a 16-ounce tea, depending on what's served.

And don't let the word tea fool you; these drinks provide practically no nutritional value like vitamins or minerals.

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Calm or Relaxed

Ripps recommends teas that include chamomile or lemongrass, which are ideal for calming the body and relaxing the system.

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Happy

A cup of tea can equal happiness? Try tisanes that have natural mood-boosting properties, including lemon verbena and rooibos, Ripps says.

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Energetic

Green tea promotes energy without the jitters, Ripps says. A black chai is also an excellent energy blend, as the black tea contains a healthy dose of caffeine (but still about 1/3 as much as a cup of coffee), and chai spices perk up your entire system.

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Productive

Productive — Sip a green tea or a yerba mate in order to up production and focus. If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, Ripps says, there are also some great non-caffeinated options. Black tea is also known to help cognitive function. In a new study, promoted by the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health, two cups of black tea per day has been shown to raise alertness, attention span, and even enhance work performance. (Don’t tell the bosses that.)

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Sleepy

What kinds of teas are ideal for a "sleepy time" tea? Chamomile, rooibos, and lavender are the best choices; these tisanes relax the body and are the ideal nightcap.

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Stress-Free

Stave off stress with a rooibos, honey bush, or herbal chai blend, Ripps says. If you need to calm some jitters, try a tea with ginger (which soothes the stomach), or a calming chamomile-ginger tisane.

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Creative

To recharge that creative spark, Ripps recommends energizing or hydrating blends. Rooibos tisanes are rich in electrolytes and can help rid your mind and body of "drag," or try an energy-boosting genmaicha or green tea to promote the creative process.

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Under the Weather

Ripps shares that chai spices have been proven to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as do herbal blends that include ginger, stinging nettle, and fennel. A less herbaceous immunity blend? Mother knows best: sipping chamomile tea is an excellent way to combat winter woes.

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In the Mood

Blends with vanilla and basil are natural aphrodisiacs, Ripps says. Maybe skip the bottle of wine and grab the tea kettle on a hot date.

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So what's a bubble tea addict to do? We're not saying you need to nix the treats completely, just maybe cut back on how many times you swing by your local store in a week.

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