In January, Starbucks introduced its new Trenta size, a 31-ounce cup. Food, drink and health bloggers went nuts over the cup that was sure to be the continued downfall of American obesity. Admittedly, even the nice folks over here at DietsInReview.com, ahem us, pointed a few fingers too, calling out that the Trenta is larger than a bladder (which, it is).
We took a few steps back and realized that while Starbucks was catching all sorts of heat about its giant new cup, in which they only serve iced coffee or iced tea, it’s not the worst offender. In fact, why aren’t we raising more stink about the 7-Eleven Double Big Gulp, equivalent in size to a six-pack of soda?
So, we did. Here’s our big stink, and the beverage offenders who make Trenta wipe the mud off her face.
There are many good things to say about Starbucks. They offer Fair Trade coffee, they’ve made a considerable effort to serve lower-calorie options and have cut artificial flavors and coloring out of their foods. I love their chai, which can be ordered with soy or low fat milk.
However, the new Trenta size is really pushing the limits of the human body. My first reaction to the new drink was visceral, the idea of that much caffeine and coffee makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. Then I was sent a graphic from The National Post, revealing that the Starbucks Trenta is actually 16 milliliters bigger than the average human stomach. A iced Venti beverage hold 591 milliliters of liquid, a human stomach holds about 900 milliliters and the Trenta contains 916 milliliters. You may not want to drink one of these beverages before you go for a long drive, because your bladder can normally hold 400 to 600 milliliters.
The largest beverage size will be limited to iced coffee, Tazo shaken iced tea and iced tea lemonade. Starbucks tested the Trenta for about a year, which was created in response to consumer and employee suggestions. Happily, while these giant drinks may stretch your stomach, they won’t necessarily ruin your diet. May Kulthol, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, told The Wall Street Journal that unsweetened Trenta drinks have less than 90 calories, while the sweetened versions have 230.
Early morning drives to work are definitely improved by a stop at Starbucks. The coffee-masterminds can create your perfect drink, whether you want something unique and frou-frou or just a tall, black cup of joe.
Imagine this: you’re standing at the counter, waiting to order your favorite drink to get your day started on the right foot, but when you are ordering it, do you stop to think about how your vente double latte is going to affect your diet plans?
Typically, humans don’t pay as much attention to liquid calories as they do to calories that come from food. For some reason, they just tend to slip our minds, but unfortunately, they still affect the number on the scale.
So, in order to help you keep your daily calorie intake in the range you need for your weight loss, we’ve made a list of the best and worst Starbucks drinks, based on calories and fat grams. All of these drinks are the “Tall” size- the smallest one, so if you get a larger cup, it’s going to be even more calories. The Best Drinks do not have whipped cream, while all of the Worst Drinks do have whipped cream.