44oz Super Big Gulp. Is Anyone Really Ever That Thirsty!

by DavalosMcCormack on March 18, 2010

There is nothing better, more refreshing than a cold drink on a hot day. For me, after a tough workout a glass of cool, clear water is perfect. But only because my gym doesn’t sell beer! Other people turn to other beverages. And one that I came across the other day is not just a drink, it’s a full meal in a cup.It’s 7-11’s Super Big Gulp.


The Super Big Gulp is 44 oz (64 ozĀ  if you don’t add ice but virtually everyone does) of pure, sweet, sugary crap. Just one of those drinks and you will have consumed approximately 523 calories and the equivalent of 35 teaspoons of sugar. For the ordinary person that’s one quarter of your entire calorie intake for the day. In a cup.

Ask yourself a simple question. If someone put a glass of water and, say, 12 teaspoons (the amount you would get in an average can of soda) in front of you, would you eat the sugar along with the water? Of course not, it would make you feel sick. Yet when the sugar is dissolved in the liquid, as it is in a can of soda, you don’t think about it. But it’s just the same. Try that at home. Get a 12 oz glass of water and put 12 teaspoons of sugar in it. Does that taste good to you? No. Imagine adding another 23 teaspoons of sugar to get the same amount as in a Super BG! Then you have to wonder what other chemicals the manufacturer is putting in the soda to make it taste drinkable. And in the case of the Super Big Gulp whatever they are putting in it, they are putting a lot of it in it.

The behemoth beverage is not just way more sugar than you need at any given time – actually more sugar than you need on any given day – it’s also more fluid than your stomach can handle at any one time. Studies show that the average human stomach can handle 32 ounces of fluids at a time. The Super BG is almost 140 percent bigger than that. And if you are eating a MacWhopper Burger and fries at the same time then there’s even less room in your stomach for all that liquid.

The report Liquid Candy, by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says the average teenage boy already drinks 32 oz of soda a day, the average girl 23 oz. The rising levels of obesity in American children shows that the last thing they need is to be tempted with an even larger drink.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are approximately 300 deaths caused by dehydration in the U.S. every year. Most of those are due to diarrhea-related illness in young children. To the best of our knowledge there is not a serious issue with dehydration in the average teenager, or the average adult for that matter. So why would they need to drink 44 oz of anything, ever?

Are you really that thirsty?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol D'Anca March 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I came across your website tonight while doing a search for the amount of sugar in a Big Gulp. I’m going to include the information in a presentation I”m giving tomorrow.
You have a great website but I noticed you haven;t blogged in a while. I try to do something every day but I can see there might be blocks of time when it’s not possible. Anyway, great website! Carol


admin June 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

How wonderful! We became fatigued…but you have energized us again! I think blogging 5 times a week burned us out…but 1 or 2 times might keep it up. Thank you!


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