Why the fruit in your smoothies "counts"

How you eat ZeroPoint™ fruits and veggies makes a difference. Here’s why.

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!"
 

Most fruits and 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.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.

Imagine if you consumed:

  • 1/4 c. strawberries

  • 1/4 c. raspberries

  • 1/4 c. blueberries

  • 1 banana

  • 1/4 c. blackberries

  • 1 apple

  • 1/4 c. fat-free plain yogurt

  • 1/2 c. orange juice

You'd be pretty full, right? It’d take some time to eat all that and afterwards, you’ll probably feel like you ate a full meal.

Now imagine if you pureed all of that down and drank it. That smoothie would 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 calculation for those fruits and vegetables count. If it’s something you’ll eat, like a salsa, sauce, stew, or soup, fresh fruits, and most vegetables, it will remain zero SmartPoints value in those recipes.
 

How to track smoothies
 

For iOS...

  • Tap on the search bar at the top of My Day

  • Use the slider directly below the search bar to find My Food (the second-to-last one in the row)

  • Click Recipes, then Create in the upper right corner

  • Name your recipe, add the ingredients, then click Add more details 

  • Make sure to set this recipe as a drink

  • Click Create

For Android:

  • Open the app to My Day

  • Click on Recipes

  • Tap Create 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
     

On ww.com: 

  • 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.