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Why are drinks in America so large?


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Why are drinks in America so large?

Das Ubergeek | Sep 7, 2006 05:11 PM

I went to Panda Express (now hush, the orange chicken is tasty once in a blue moon -- all 500 calories and 27g fat of it) and as part of my lunch, I ordered a drink.

"Small, medium or large?" asked the cashier.

"Small," I said.

The small drink -- I measured later -- was 24 fl. oz. (709 mL).
The medium was probably a quart (32 fl. oz./946 mL).
The large was, after I asked, 44 fl. oz. (1301 mL).

Now, I know that a large chunk of the cup is taken up with ice, but are there really people who require 1.3 litres of Coke at one time?

A large Coke at McDonalds, which is 32 fl. oz. (946 mL), by the way, has 310 calories, or more than one-sixth of a typical American woman's dietary needs for the day.

The same thing is happening with coffee... after a long winter's sojourn in Canada, where I depended upon Tim Horton's to keep me from freezing my behind off, and where the large coffee is 12 fl. oz. (355 mL), I returned to the U.S., went into the donut shop near my house (cunningly marked "HAMBURGER TERIYAKI ICE CREAM") to get a large coffee.

She pulled down a fire bucket and filled it up with AN ENTIRE POT OF COFFEE. Now, this fire bucket of coffee cost me $1.80, and would have required twelve packets of sugar and a cup of milk. I ended up sharing it with three coworkers.

Even at Starbucks/CB&TL/Peet's/insert your favourite chain coffeeshop here, a large is usually 20 oz... of coffee!!

Why on earth do we need this much to drink? It can't be healthy.

I have started only ordering the smallest size, but even then the sizes creep up. In the case of Starbucks, there's an off-menu size ("short"), which is 8 oz., but not all baristas know it... but when I was a kid in New Jersey, a cup of coffee was 6 oz. in a small coffee cup.

Thank you for letting me rant... I know portion sizes are ridiculous, but the drink thing is getting out of hand.

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