Weight Watchers is one of the oldest and most respected dieting plans in the country, with celebrity ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Jonah Hill swearing byВ the program. This is thanks, in no small part, to the brand's coveted "SmartPoints system," whichВ assigns a numeric value to each food based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and proteinВ in an effort to help dieters realistically watch what they eat.
This week, the company unveiledВ adjusted SmartPoints figures based on newВ dietary research, in addition toВ aВ surprisingly long list of "zero-point foods" that essentially don't count, reports Business Insider. "These foods get picked for a reason,"В Weight Watchers Chief Scientific Officer Gary Foster told BI. "We anchor ourselves to the dietary guidelines." In line with the most recent U.S. dietary guidelines, the new points system emphasizes protein intake and minimizes sugarВ while givingВ weight watchersВ a free pass for the followingВ 10В zero-point foods:В
- All fruits and leafy vegetables
- Skinless chicken
- Skinless turkey
In other words, dieters and non-dieters alike can fill up on these nutritious foods without a second thought;В health professionals actually encourage it. "These foods form the basis of a healthy eating pattern," adds Foster. "Do we really care if people are eating four ounces of salmon versus six ounces of salmon? No."
Head over toВ Business Insider for more, and check outВ the five most nutritious foods in the world.