Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Portion Control: How Much Should You Really Eat?

In a society of super-sized portions, it is hard to know how much you really should eat...especially if it is sitting there, staring you in the face. Over the past several years, plates have actually increased in size, which means the amount of food you are eating has increased, too. And research has shown that the larger amount of food we are served, the more we will eat.

Here are some easy guidelines to keep your portion sizes under control:
  • A medium apple or orange = a tennis ball
  • A medium potato = a computer mouse
  • A cup of fruit = a baseball
  • 3 oz. of meat or fish = a deck of cards
  • 1 oz. of cheese = four dice
  • Pancake or waffle = a compact disc
  • 1/4 cup of nuts = a golf ball

A simple way to reduce your portion sizes is to reduce your plate, glass, serving bowl and package sizes. Try using salad plates instead of a large dinner plate for your meals.

Information provided by Mayo Clinic Health Solutions

2 comments:

The Mrs. said...

The plates have gotten HUUUGE! When I read these portion sizes they sound so small but this is how you're supposed to eat!

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Mmmm...pancakes!

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