Why Is This Food So High in SmartPoints?

For those using Weight Watchers and calculating SmartPoints, sometimes we look up a food and wonder what is making it have high SmartPoints.  By now, most of us have gotten the memo that foods that are high in sugar or high in saturated fat = really high SmartPoints.  I am not surprised any more when I see that the frozen yogurt I ate last month has doubled in points. And, it is not particularly surprising that this dessert at Carrabba’s will set you back a full 54 SmartPoints! For me that would be a full day’s worth of daily SmartPoints, plus 24 Weekly SmartPoints!

Birthday dessert

Not that it was any great bargain at 32 PointsPlus.  That was more than a day’s worth of PointsPlus. And, when I actually did have it (on my birthday), it was shared between 4 people.  So, it would be about 13 or 14 SmartPoints if shared among 4.  To me, that would absolutely be worth it.  But, this is not the kind of thing that I would eat very often.

Sometimes, though, it isn’t immediately clear why a food has points that are so high.  This is when you can be really surprised if you eat a food and then track its SmartPoints.  At that point, you may wonder just what makes that food have high SmartPoints.

There are basically 3 reasons why a food has high SmartPoints:  high calories, high saturated fat and high sugar.  The reason that Sogno Di Cioccolata “Chocolate Dream” Dessert qualifies is because it is high in all 3 of them.  To start out with, it has 1135 calories (!), which is pretty much a day’s worth of non-fruit and non-veggies calories for when I eat 30 SmartPoints in a day. [Read more…]