ZeroPoint cheat sheet: Fruits
While “zero” usually means “nothing,” at WW, ZeroPoint™ foods are everything! If fruit is one of your ZeroPoint foods and you’ve got some questions, you’re in the right place.
Are all fruits a ZeroPoint food?
Not necessarily. A fruit is a ZeroPoint food if it’s:
- Fresh or frozen without added sugars or fat
- Canned in water
- Canned in sugar-free syrup
A fruit is not a ZeroPoint food if it’s:
- Blended into a smoothie
- Canned in natural juice
Wait, what about avocados and coconuts? They’re fruit!
Avocados have more kilojoules (calories) and fat than other fruits, but they’re so good for you that they get an entire ZeroPoint food category of their own.
Coconuts also have more kilojoules than other fruits and can be more easily over consumed. They are also high in saturated fat so it’s important to track them.
If fruit is one of my ZeroPoint foods, why does it have a PersonalPoints™ value when I blend it into a smoothie?
Whole fruit is a ZeroPoint food, but once it becomes part of a smoothie, the experience of “eating” it changes. Research shows that liquids don’t promote the same feeling of fullness and satisfaction that solid foods do. When you drink something, you’re not actually chewing it, which can affect the signals between your stomach and brain. Plus you can wind up putting a lot more fruit in a smoothie than you’d ever eat in one sitting without necessarily getting the same amount of fibre. In short, drinking a smoothie or juice doesn’t make or keep you full the way eating that fruit might.
Does it matter if the fruit’s cooked?
Nope. But if it’s cooked with any ingredients that have PersonalPoints values (e.g., honey or butter), you’ll want to track those ingredients. If you track a WW recipe that includes fruit and it’s one of your ZeroPoint foods, the app will automatically subtract it from the Points value of the recipe for you.
Any other sweet tips?
Use the natural sugars and moisture in fruit to replace added sugars and saturated fats in desserts and baked goods. We love bananas as the base of a vegan “nice” cream and these flourless pancakes, and we use no added sugar apple puree to sweeten these no-sugar-added blueberry muffins and to cut the amount of butter and sugar in these apple bars.