9 Offensively Enormous Beverages

These ridiculously oversized sweet drinks provide as many as half a day’s calories and are loaded with sugars. See what you could be eating—instead of guzzling!

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Calories from sugary drinks may be particularly harmful to your health.

Calories from sugary drinks may be particularly harmful to your health.istock/OcusFocus
New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sweet drinks is hardly without controversy. But there’s no debating some beverages are way, way, way more calories, sugar, and sometimes fat than we need. Women who drink two or more of them a day were more likely to develop abnormal levels of fasting glucose—a sign of diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions last year. Bloomberg's ban would apply to sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces, but we found many popular chains selling shockingly bigger options. Take a look.

KFC’s 64-Ounce Pepsi

The damage: 780 calories 217 grams of sugar 0 grams fat This is a whole gallon of fluid, not even close to an individual portion. As a comparison, the American Heart Association recommends adults consume about 6 to 9 teaspoons (the equivalent of just 30 to 45 grams) of added sugar a day. Instead, you could eat: It's the caloric equivalent of a KFC Honey BBQ sandwich, a house side salad with ranch dressing, macaroni and cheese, and half an apple turnover.

7-Eleven’s 44-Ounce Super Big Gulp

The damage: 512 calories 128 grams sugar 0 grams fat We couldn’t help but notice that 7-Eleven describes this as “genetically engineered to quench even the most diabolical thirst.” Instead, you could eat: It's the same amount of calories in a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, a bag of M&Ms, and 24 almonds.

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White Castle’s 44-Ounce Fanta Orange Soda

White Castle’s 44-Ounce Fanta Orange Sodaistock/magnez2
The damage: 470 calories 147 grams sugar 0 grams fat Instead, you could eat: It's the calorie equivalent of three whole White Castle sliders!

Smoothie King’s 40-Ounce Acai Adventure

The damage: 912 calories 150 grams sugar 10 grams fat Note the slogan on the side of the cup: "Chewing is over-rated." Well, with such seemingly healthy ingredients as acai and blueberries, this drink's main downfall is sheer size. Even the chain's smallest offering (20 ounces) provides a whopping 456 calories and 75 grams of sugar. Instead, you could eat: It's the calorie equivalent of a small Acai Adventure, a bowl of Cheerios with skim milk, a California sushi roll, 8 animal crackers, and a serving of baby carrots with hummus

Taco Bell’s 40-Ounce Dr. Pepper

The damage: 500 calories 135 grams sugar 0 grams fat Instead, you could eat: At Taco Bell, it's the calorie equivalent of a chicken soft taco and order of cheesy nachos!

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McDonald’s 32-Ounce Sweet Tea

McDonald’s 32-Ounce Sweet Teaistock/KathyDewar
The damage: 280 calories 69 grams sugar 0 grams fat Iced tea is a healthy choice, but the sweetened version packs a lot of sugar, especially in a huge size. Instead, you could eat: For the same amount of calories at McDonald's, you could order a whole Caesar salad, four-piece Chicken McNuggets, and any size regular iced tea.

Wendy’s 29-Ounce Barq’s Root Beer

The damage: 360 calories 99 grams sugar 0 grams fat Instead, you could eat: If you opted for a kid-sized root beer instead, you could also get a half-portion of the Berry Almond Chicken Salad.

Starbucks’ 24-Ounce Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® Blended Beverage

Starbucks’ 24-Ounce Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino® Blended Beverage istock/dontree_m
The damage (made with whole milk and whipped cream): 560 calories 76 grams sugar 24 grams fat (15 grams saturated) The jumbo size, whole milk, and whipped cream make for a trifecta of gluttony here. Order the 12-ounce size with nonfat milk and no whipped cream, and it's 200 calories, 38 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of fat. Instead, you could eat: Get the smaller, healthier version of the drink and you could also get a spinach and feta breakfast wrap and a fruit cup.

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Dairy Queen’s 23-Ounce Arctic Rush Frozen Beverage

Dairy Queen’s 23-Ounce Arctic Rush Frozen Beverageistock/AGL_Photography
The damage: 350 calories 70 grams sugar 0 grams fat A small version of this drink, just 13 ounces, provides 210 calories and 41 grams of sugar. Instead, you could eat: A mozzarella string cheese, a cup of strawberries, and two chocolate kisses if you got the smaller Arctic Rush.

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