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Tim Horton’s upgrades it’s cup sizes

Submitted by on January 20, 2012 – 8:35 amNo Comment
Photo courtesy of Tim Horton's

Photo courtesy of Tim Horton's

One of Canada’s hottest coffee spots will be throwing its customers for a loop. Tim Horton’s will be changing the names of its sizes on Monday to introduce its new extra large, a 24 oz. cup.  The original small will now be Tim Horton’s extra small size, a downsize that all cups will undergo.

“We tested the names of the new hot cup sizes with our guests and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our guests also told us that they love our small eight-ounce cup, so we will continue to offer that size,” said Director of Brand Marketing for Beverages, Dave McKay in a press release from the company.

Customers who have added Tim Horton’s coffee in to their personal budgets don’t have to stress over losing extra change. Guests can expect the same amount of coffee to be sold for the same prices.

Tim Horton’s new 24 oz. cup outdoes McDonald’s 16 oz. large and Starbuck’s 20 oz. Venti cup. Although it would seem that this is a tall order of coffee, Tim’s Horton’s extra large won’t stand very tall next to Starbuck’s recent addition to their menu, the 31 oz. Trenta.

Health Canada recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day. What is now Tim Horton’s large is just shy of this suggested amount.

“Too much caffeine can definitely cause some irritability in people and will increase the heart rate. It may also increase blood pressure and cholesterol,” said dietician and participant of nutritionsage.com, Claire Cronier.

It’s not just an overload of caffeine that can come from too many of these supersized beverages. Excessive amounts of coffee for some, also means a lot of calories and fat. Just one teaspoon of sugar contains approximately 16 calories, while one serving of cream holds about 60 calories. It becomes even more dangerous when choosing sweeter beverages like flavored lattes.

“Drinking coffee beverages has become a social thing, especially amoung teenagers,” said Registered Dietician Susan Osher. “You have to consider how you are using your caffeine. It’s not a healthy thing to make it a social activity. This is when it becomes problematic. People are spending lots of money and not even realizing that it’s like the same thing as having a croissant. It’s not just an innocent beverage anymore.

Looking for alternatives to coffee in order to get that caffeine fix doesn’t always result in better options. Claire Cornier says substituting caffeine pills for a cup of coffee brings no positive.

“You’re looking at a medical response versus a human response which is the pleasure drinking a coffee brings you as well as the caffeine.

Enjoying a coffee every once in a while is not to be seen as just a negative habit, it all depends on how you take it. Those who choose to add milk are getting much more than a caffeine buzz.

“By adding ½ cup of milk to your coffee you are getting the benefit of 15 per cent of your daily calcium, five per cent vitamin A over 20 per cent vitamin D, as well as other beneficial nutrients, and you only consume 2.5 grams of fat and 65 calories,” said Registered Dietician and President of Close to the Heart Professional Nutrition Services, Angela Liuzzo.

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