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What are some foods that have a PointsPlus value of zero on the Weight Watchers diet?

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Foods on the Weight Watchers diet that have a PointsPlus value of zero include radishes, sauerkraut, okra, grapes and fennel. Most vegetables and all fruits have a PointsPlus value of zero; however, this may translate differently if they are in a complex dish.

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The Weight Watchers website has a full list of foods that have a PointsPlus value of zero. Examples include apricots, broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, spaghetti squash and watercress.

As a general guideline, all fruits and most vegetables have PointsPlus values of zero when considered and consumed individually. However, the nutrition information for fruits and vegetables in a recipe is still counted towards the recipe's total PointsPlus value. This is because Weight Watchers reasons that the experience of eating a fruit or vegetable on its own is different from eating a more complex dish that includes the fruit or vegetable. Weight Watchers believes that people are likely to overeat complex dishes that contain fruits or vegetables, but less likely to overeat fruits or vegetables on their own.

This reasoning extends to fruit juices and smoothies that are consumed in large quantities, although not to cooked fruit. Weight Watchers believes it is permissible to count a single fruit smoothie as having a PointsPlus value of zero. However, if many smoothies are consumed and weight loss is less than expected, Weight Watchers recommends using the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder tool to track smoothies' PointsPlus values, counting them as above zero. Weight Watchers also believes that fruit juice should have a PointsPlus value above zero because juicing removes the pulp and fibre content of the fruit.

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