ZeroPoint Cheat Sheet: Fish & Seafood

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Published December 19, 2017

Fish is super tasty and a great source of protein. Even better, the unsaturated fats in fish, such as salmon, have great health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and some plant sources, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Before you buy, ask to smell fish or shellfish. It should smell fresh and clean, like the ocean at high tide on a spring morning. It should never smell like low tide in August or like gasoline (a sign the trawler was leaking fuel).

When is fish and other seafood a ZeroPoint food and when is it not? 

Fish and seafood ARE a ZeroPoint food when it is:

  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Canned
  • Farmed or wild
  • Raw
  • Cooked or smoked with 0 SmartPoints-value sauces

Varieties that are NOT ZeroPoint foods are: 

  • Dried fish

  • Fish in oil, fats, or added sugars

  • “Imitation” fish products such as those made with surimi (e.g. crab sticks, fish balls, etc.)

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Why is all seafood on the ZeroPoint list? Isn’t some of it high in calories and fat?

We know most people do not get the recommended seafood intake. For simplicity's sake and to encourage members to eat more fish, we decided to include all options

Is smoked fish a ZeroPoint food too?

Yes. Smoked salmon is a ZeroPoint food.

If I use the Barcode Scanner in the WeightWatchers® app on a packaged meal, will it automatically remove the ZeroPoint ingredients?

Yes. If the nutritional data is in our database, the SmartPoints value shown will have the ZeroPoint ingredients removed.