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The Starbucks Trenta: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

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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6:55AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

It is so expensive to have coffee outside the house. You get more cups of coffee for the same amount.

3:38PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

I drink unsweetened black iced tea which has zero calories. I LOVE the idea I can get more of it, and contrary to the tone of the article, I do not drink it all in some insane caffeine fueled over-consumptive manner, rather I sip it throughout the day. My stomach will not burst because Starbucks offered me a larger size, I am rational enough to know when to stop. Besides, it only applies to iced coffee and tea, again, which if unsweetened, have zero calories. I like the new option!

6:41PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Good gobbledy goo!

Why not just drink a Monster and kill yourself faster?

6:53PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Humans just keep on consuming, don't they?

8:42PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

I'm always amazed at our over-consumption. But I'm old, and don't understand the desire for a lot of the new gadgets.

3:59PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

that's too much coffee for anyone.

12:07AM PST on Feb 21, 2011

It's easy to expand your stomach but it hurts to shrink it.
I'm overweight; I know.

3:02PM PST on Feb 20, 2011

Starbucks should be called Morebucks. Its prices are over inflated

1:55AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

When will they learn!!!

8:05AM PST on Feb 17, 2011

I bet it will have a supersized price! Drink coffee at home.

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