Researchers: Super-Sized Starbucks Drink Packs On Pounds

Study warns Trenta 'not an innocent drink'

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — How do you say “gluttony” in Italian?

Starting Monday, customers in the Southland and across the state will get their first jumbo jolt of Starbucks, but a new study suggests the drink could be a diet buster.

An analysis by Loyola University Health System in Chicago claims the Trenta cup size, which can pack as many as 230 calories a pop, could load up consumers with up to an extra 20 pounds a year.

Jessica Bartfield, an internal medicine and weight-loss specialist at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Chicago, tells KFWB’s Michael Shappee drinkers may risk extra calorie damage.

“Be careful what you’re ordering,” Bartfield warns. “It’s not an innocent drink, in that it can contribute to extra calories that will in turn contribute to weight gain.

“Bigger is not always better.”

The new cup size that can be filled with just shy of a quart’s worth of iced beverages such as coffee, tea and lemonade.

California residents are able to buy them beginning Feb. 1 and the nationwide rollout should be complete by May 3.

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  • Amy Chi

    Let’s stop beating around the bush and place the blame of people being obese and or overweight where it belongs – it all boils down to PERSONAL RESPONSIBLE which fat people always conveniently ignore. If you are trying to loose weight it is up to YOU and only YOU to figure out how many calories something has BEFORE putting in in your mouth. Simple concept to understand. Point being, no corporation forces people to buy any of their items so if you are fat or become fat stop blaming other people because you can’t control what you put in your mouth. And yes, I’m a Starbucks employee.

    • christine k.

      I don’t think this article was meant to put Starbucks to blame for anyone being obese, however I do agree that exercising daily, like walking 30 min a day, and eating healthier are choices that everyone should consider. Just be aware of what you put in your mouth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have what you like, just have it in moderation.

  • Jennifer

    Agree with Amy…I’m an RN who is tired of hearing people blame everyone but themselves for their weight problems. This article being titled as “super-sized starbucks drink packs on pounds” is totally false because people who are not fat like myself can drink many of these everyday for years and I will not gain a single pound. The title of this article should be changed to “people on diets beware of starbucks new trenta cup”. I’m sure some fat American(s) out there will sue Starbucks in the future to stop using this large cup similar to when Mc Donalds was pressured into stopping their super-size drink/fries.

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