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Nutritionist Warns That Super-Sized Drinks Can Lead To Super-Sized Problems

February 10, 2011 by  

Nutritionist warns that super-sized drinks can lead to super-sized problemslAs Starbucks prepares to release a new 31-ounce 'Trenta' size for its iced beverages in May, a health expert has stepped forward to warn the public about the health risks involved in excess sugar consumption.

Ellen Schuster, a state health specialist with the University of Missouri, said that a 'Trenta' lemonade, for example, could contain 21 teaspoons of sugar, which is more than most people should consume in a day, let alone in one drink.

Consumers would be doing themselves a favor by instead opting for the brand's 8-ounce short or 12-ounce tall sizes to limit their intake of sugar and calories.

Too much sugar often means too many calories, which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes. Additionally, a 31-ounce beverage may contain a massive amount of caffeine, which can cause sleep problems or heart arrhythmia.

On top of everything else, 31 ounces is equivalent to 916 milliliters (mL), while the average capacity of a human stomach is 940 mL, according to The Columbia Encyclopedia. 

Aside from choosing a smaller size, individuals can keep calories down by making their beverages at home where they can control the amount of sugar and fat that goes into their drinks. 

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  • JoMama

    So – knowing Starbuck’s – that ‘Trenta’ (31 oz. drink) should cost between $8.00 – $10.00. YIKES!!

    • ValDM

      It isn’t just the cost. The amount of sugar, should you drink it their way could cause serious liver disease. There are plenty of people in the world with cirrhosis that never touched alcohol, but consume tons of sugar.

  • David Eiker

    Absurd! I order a trenta size black iced tea with half the sweetener (or none at all) and sip on it for hours. Seriously. It’s just like the off button on your TV . . . nobody’s holding a gun to your head and telling you you have to buy this, put that much sugar in it, or suck it down in 5 minutes! Take control of your life and health. Oh, and the new size is not that much more expensive than the venti. The black tea is actually very good and high quality; better than soda any day.

  • Ellen

    I have stopped buying any coffees from any coffee shops in this area. No matter where you go, you get a big hit of fluoridated water. I already have to pay to filter it out in my home (and am still forced to bathe in it) but I will not pay additionally for MORE of said poisonous water.

    • http://yahoo adam

      I investigated drinking water, it is all the same fluoride chemical.
      I try to get all my water from nature- friuts and veges…

  • s c

    Loading up on sugar and other sweeteners makes drinking beer every day sound like a healthy habit. So, can I count on Obummer’s healthcare scam to be a way for me to get a prescription so I can go buy beer for the rest of my life? I need at least one good habit, and beer sounds like a WINNER.

  • http://yahoo adam

    Coffee is not bad, but must drink alone-black, no sugar or milk.

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