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Your smoothie is packed with sugar.
We already know the average American consumes far too much sugar, which is why a smoothie may tempt you in the first place. It doesn’t seem as terrible as, say, a milkshake, but it still helps meet that sweet tooth craving. However, the truth is sugar is sugar, and having too much of it will cause you to pack on the pounds.
As celebrity chef and certified nutritionist Serena Poon explains, added sugar content in smoothies comes from fruit and various additions like chocolate, frozen yogurt, and dairy.
“Sugar can be high in unsatisfying calories, so even if you eat many sweet calories, you might still find yourself hungry,” she says.
On a more extreme level, Poon says constant overconsumption of sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which has been linked to obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.