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Many Mega-Sized Drinks are Loaded with Sugar

Starbucks is introducing a 31-ounce drink, the "Trenta." But nutrition experts warn that consumers should be wary of extra calories and sugar in such supersized drinks.

Excess sugar is common in many prepared beverages, and people who consume drinks with added sugars consume more total calories. Studies have shown that sweetened beverages are related to weight gain.

According to Eurekalert:

"Health experts at the Mayo Clinic note that ... large quantities in excess of 500 mg, or more than four cups of coffee, can cause difficulty sleeping, irritability, restlessness, stomach problems and irregular heartbeat. Especially of concern is caffeine consumption among children and adolescents."

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