The Starbucks Trenta: Too Much Of A Good Thing?
Coffee and tea drinkers everywhere will have a new option in May when Starbucks launches their super-sized Trenta, a 31 ounce option for iced coffee and tea drinks. The new cup, currently being tested in some Starbucks locations, has been met with a great deal of criticism since its debut in January.
The main concern? The new size plays into our American culture of “bigger is better” and is an unhealthy option for those looking for a caffeine fix. Luckily, the new size is only available for iced coffee and tea drinks.
What is so unhealthy about the Trenta?
-The Trenta cup holds 31 ounces, or 961 milliliters. The average stomach has a 900 milliliter capacity.
-The Trenta holds about 1/4 of the amount of food/liquid you need to burst your stomach. Yikes!
-An iced coffee in the Trenta cup would have 4-6 times the caffeine of a typical cup.
-Numerous bloggers have shot videos that show that the Trenta can hold an entire bottle of wine, with room left over.
-An adult bladder holds about 500 milliliters of fluid. Yes, the Trenta is almost twice that capacity.
-The LA Times reports that the Trenta could add 200 extra daily calories to its consumers, which equals a weight gain of two pounds per month.
The Trenta joins the Big Gulp and the Coolata in a terrifying trend of supersized drinks. At a time when 20% of our youth are obese, should we really be selling a cup that holds more liquid than a human stomach can handle?
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