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I know that under the new program, most fruits and vegetables are 0 points. I have a concern though about juicing - I don't want to go over my points. I know part of the factoring in points for fruits/veggies is the fiber content. Which is missing in juice.

 

To make 1 glass of juice in the morning, I generally have 4 carrots, 2 apples, some celery and usually some other veggie like broccoli/beet/cabbage. How many servings does this constitute? I would count it as 2 veggies and 2 fruits but maybe I should count it as 1 of each?

 

Also, since the fiber is missing from this, I feel like I *should* count some kind of points so that I dont' go over my points for the rest of the day - I would eat a lot of fruits and veggies throughout the day but I can't count them ALL as 0 points, can I...if I consume more than 5 official servings? I could easily eat 5 or 6 servings of fruit alone, plus another 2 or 3 of veggies, apart from the juice.

 

Am I making sense?


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You can count 4 oz of juice as one serving of fruits/veggies.

 

Also, you do need to count points for juice. Here is a very long explanation from one of the WWer program developers.

 

Ah, smoothies and the fine line between juice and food...

 

Here's the issue: If you put a banana in a blender, you still have a banana. But what a minute ago looked like a substantive snack, now looks like a tiny shot. So you might be tempted to add another banana and maybe even some raspberries, a few grapes, that leftover papaya from two days ago and a kiwi, just to fill your glass.

 

As we described in Momentum, juices bypass the body's hunger detectors. Smoothies seem to sit someplace in the middle—more filling than a juice, but easier to consume than plain fruit. If you sat down and drank the smoothie we just described, you've just slurped back 5 or 6 servings of fruit in one sitting.

 

Should you count it as zero? Yes. You can count it as zero using the Simple Recipe Math described on page 42 of the GSB. But if you are drinking a lot of smoothies and you aren't seeing the results you were expecting at the scale, I recommend you put those fruits into the Recipe Builder on eTools and start counting and tracking the PointsPlus values.

 

When you juice any fruits (ie removing the pulp and feeding through a juicer) no matter if you do it at home, in the car or on the beach, you no longer have fruit; you have juice and you must count the PPVs. Same is true if you dehydrate the fruits, because you have removed the water that made fruit such a nice low-energy density treat.

 

What if you bake the fruit? Boil it? Microwave it? As long as you don't add any ingredients with PointsPlus values, you still have a zero-PPV treat. Count it as zero.

 

So why does the Recipe Builder on eTools tell me it has PointsPlus values? The recipe builder can't tell if you've made a baked apple with cinnamon or banana bread with heavy cream. It only knows you've made something with fruit. At Weight Watchers, we want all of our recipes to be consistent with each other. And we want them all to be consistent with any recipe you might have at home with nutritional information. So we calculate every recipe the same way—we add up all the nutritional info and calculate the PointsPlus values from there. This gives you the MOST accurate PointsPlus values. And for really tasty items like banana bread with heavy cream, you probably want that information if you want to see weight-loss results. BTW, this is always how the Recipe Builder worked, it just wasn’t as obvious when you only saw it with vegetables.

 

So that's more info than you require. But as usual, where we ended up was LET YOUR WEIGHT LOSS BE YOUR GUIDE. (Think of Obi Wan Kenobi "Use the Force Luke")


Luanne

 

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Thank you Luanne. So I assume that I would use the old points values for fresh juice? For instance, if I juice 4 carrots (or whatever it is to equal 1 serving, 1pts for cooked in the old system), a single stalk of celery (0points but maybe should be 1?), and 2 small apples (1pt each), I would count that as 4 points?


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