Fried Plantain... PointsPlus?

Written by newgirl24 (leah) on 2/11/2011 8:59 AM | COMMENTS (9)

I feel like a spoiled brat today. I made a fried plantain last night (using one plantain and 1 teaspoon canola oil) and just assumed as I ate this delicious treat that the plantain, being a fruit, was zero PointsPlus.

I was thrilled!!! It was my first plantain, and I was so excited that I took pictures and blogged about it. I had a new zero point snack that tasted... so good! Seriously, if you have never fried a plantain before, I highly recommend it. Even though:

When I went to track this delicious mini-feast, my tracker told me that plantains have a PointsPlus value of 5 per cup!!! I ate an entire plantain, so it was at least a cup, cup and a half. I hadn't measured!

I was sure that this had to be a mistake, since's tracker is famous for its mistakes.

But when I went to the boards for advice, I was told that plantains are like the potatoes of the fruit world. They are starchier than other fruits, and so they have PointsPlus.

Other non-zero PointsPlus fruit: avacado (duh, I knew about this one) and olives (really? I always thought that these were vegetables. Another "duh" moment).

But are plantains really more starchy than bananas??

Anyone have any sources that spell out that plantains still have Points, and that the tracker didn't just make a mistake? I am prepared to throw a tantrum. I want my zero point delicousness back.

Here is a picture of the finished product.

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  • Post Image tperson312 (tiffany)

    2/7/2013 8:25 PM
    Plantains are also boiled when they are not ripe they taste exactly like a potato.... so sub for potatoes it will remind u of the points value . Oh ripe is yellow close to black the blacker the sweeter the plantain. The green are hard and they can be prepared boiled in salt water they are excellent so get them green and eat and if there are any left over they are black just before they go bad they are super soft and super sweet. Hope this helps

  • Post Image mvilleg11 (miriam)

    10/6/2011 3:11 PM
    since I have my plantains as a meal, with perhaps 1 egg. That's about 6-8 pts. Not bad for a dinner. They are very filling.

  • Post Image viki smith

    2/11/2011 5:25 PM
    Wow! So I guess all fruits are not created equal! You'd think that since bananas are now 0 points the plantains would be too. Why are all the things that are sooo yummy so high in points? Sigh! The picture looks goood!

  • Post Image texasgal44 (angela)

    2/11/2011 11:04 AM
    I think it's right, they are very starchy. My mother in law makes them mashed up like potatoes. She is Dominican and uses them all the time as a side dish. My kids love platano maduro which is the sweet fried planatin. They also like tostones- the plantain slice is fried a little, taken out of pan and smashed into a flat circle then put back into the oil to fry some more. Dont even want to think about how many points those have!

  • Post Image newgirl24 (leah)

    2/11/2011 9:25 AM
    I know that the oil added a point. I just meant that I thought the plantain itself wouldn't.

  • Post Image nicoleking16188 (nicole)

    2/11/2011 9:24 AM
    Although with the oil (even if it it was only 1tsp worth) you shouldn't have expected it to be a zero point treat. But certianly not more than maybe 1 or 2 pts!

  • Post Image nicoleking16188 (nicole)

    2/11/2011 9:23 AM
    I'm sure if you search the site hard enough (bottom of the page) you'll find a "Contact us" thingy. Try e-mailing WW and see what they say.

  • Post Image newgirl24 (leah)

    2/11/2011 9:18 AM
    boiled, baked, raw, fried, all are 5. 1 tsp oil only adds 1.

  • Post Image tammyjo40 (tammy)

    2/11/2011 9:12 AM
    Sorry but the complete food guide says 5 pts for 1 cup FRIED plantain... I wonder if its even more using the oil you used... SORRY... even boiled or baked it says 5 pts....


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