Food portion sizes in our country have doubled, in the past twenty years. How can you determine what a portion should look like? Here are some tips.
The definition of healthy eating can differ greatly depending on who you ask. On top of that there are the mixed messages coming fromm media, friends, family and even health professionals. The one thing we can all agree on is that portion sizes have grown, making it increasingly difficult to identify what a portion should look like.
Food portion sizes in our country have doubled, in the past twenty years. The National Heart Blood and Lung Institute offers visuals to empower us to understand the differences between the way we used to eat and how we eat today.
For example, twenty years ago, a plate of spaghetti and meatballs clocked in at about 500 calories; today it’s more than double, with double the pasta and instead of small meatballs‚ we are eating three large ones. The average bagel size has doubled in the past 20 years The normal soda serving size today is about 20 oz. Compare that to a mere 6.5 oz 20 years ago. That’s just a bit over three times the sugar and calories!
So how can you determine what a portion should look like? Here are some tips:
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