Not everyone knows that blended fruit has points, who follows the Weight Watchers plan, but when you add fruits to smoothies they count as points. On my Instagram page I asked if there’s anybody who still counts smoothies as zero and it sparked quite a debate. Some people didn’t even know that smoothies are more points even though fruit is zero. What gives?
According to Weight Watchers, whole fruit and smoothies both enter the body differently according to chemistry. This info comes directly from the Weight Watchers site.
Research shows that liquids don’t promote the same feeling of fullness as solid foods do. 1. When you drink something, it eliminates the act of chewing which may impact the signals between the belly and brain 2.This means that the smoothie or juice you’re drinking will not promote the same amount of fullness between meals as eating the fruit might.
But this smoothie or banana ice cream will be gone in a few sips. The result: you may get hungry sooner and be more likely to eat more later.
So, what’s the bottom line? If it’s something you’ll drink, like a juice or smoothie, the nutrition facts for zero SmartPoints value fresh fruits and vegetables count towards the total. If it’s something you’ll eat, like a salsa, sauce, stew, or soup, fresh fruits and most vegetables remain zero SmartPoints values in those recipes.
Can I eat too much fruit?
If you’re afraid that fruit will make you fat think again. Overeating any type of food makes you that way, so if you’re eating like truck loads of fruit each day then yes you are eating too much fruit.
Should I still count smoothies as zero smart points?
This is your opinion and you should eat what you like. Everybody’s body is different and it’s still ok to enjoy a fruit smoothie every now and then. Don’t be afraid to eat them. I love banana ice cream and sadly I can’t count it as zero points.
Hope this post helps!