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Why Do Fruits and Veggies Count in Smoothies?

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Published September 28, 2017

Why do fruits and vegetables have SmartPoints values in smoothies?  We’ve got the answer, and it might surprise you! 


"Wait, I thought fruit was zero!"

Fruit and most vegetables are zero when you eat them. But once they become part of a smoothie, the experience of eating them changes.

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.


It’ll take some time to eat all this and afterwards, you’ll probably feel like you ate a full meal.


But this 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, it will remain zero SmartPoints values in those recipes.

How to track smoothies in My Day

For iOS...

  • Tap on the + on the bottom of My Day

  • Tap the My Food icon (the second icon in the row)

  • Click Create in the upper right corner, then select Recipe

  • Name your recipe, add the ingredients, then click Add more details and make sure to set this recipe to be a drink

  • Finally, go back to the previous screen and click Create Recipe

For Android:

  • Tap on the + on the bottom of My Day

  • Click on My Food

  • Click on the three dots in the upper right corner, then select Build a recipe

  • Name your recipe, add the ingredients, then click Add more details and make sure to set this recipe to be a drink

  • Finally click Create Recipe


  • Click Create in the top right corner of My Day

  • In the dropdown menu, choose Recipe

  • Name your recipe, add the ingredients, and make sure to select the This is a drink option

  • Finally click Create Recipe

1.Cassady BA, Considine RV, Mattes RD. Beverage consumption, appetite, and energy intake: what did you expect? Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:587-93.

2.Migquel-Kergoat S, Axais-Braesco V, Burton-Freeman B, Hetherington MM. Effects of chewing on appetite, food intake and gut hormones: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiol Behav 2015;151:88-96.