Keep an Eye on Portion Size
What is the difference between Portions and Servings?
A "portion" can be thought of as the amount of a specific food you choose to eat for dinner, snack, or other eating occasion. Portions, of course can be bigger or smaller than the recommended food servings.
A "serving" is a unit of measure used to describe the amount of food recommended from each food group. It is the amount of food listed on the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged food or the amount of food recommended in the Food Guide Pyramid and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
For example, 6-11 servings of whole grains are recommended daily. A recommended serving of whole grains would be 1 slice of bread or 1/2 cup of rice or pasta. People often confuse the recommendation to mean 6 to 11 portions with no regard to size. It is not 6 to 11 portions where one portion could mean a large bowl of pasta rather than ˝ cup. Keep an eye on portion size to see how your portions compare with the recommended servings.
Most people know about the Food Guide Pyramid. They also know why we need to eat food from each of the five groups each day. Many also know the number of servings from each group that are needed each day, but many do not know what a serving is.
You may be eating good foods each day, but still are not as healthy as you could be because of the amount of food you eat. The amount of food you eat can be as important to your good health as what you eat.
Servings and Sizes Needed
Here is a review of the number of servings needed each day from each of the food groups and some ways to picture a serving size using everyday objects. Using these examples may help you see you are eating more servings from the Food Guide Pyramid than you think.
What is portion control?
Poor portion control is one of the main reasons why people are overweight or obese. While many people know the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, few can recognise how much food is too much.
Eat the wrong type of food (high-fat) and you will put on weight – simple! But eat too much food - regardless of whether it is low-fat or low-calorie and you will also put on weight. To maintain a healthy weight, you must keep your portion sizes under control in addition to watching the fat and calorie content of foods.
What is a healthy food portion?
Many of us have lost sight of what a “normal” food portion, mainly because we are constantly presented with ‘supersize’ and “king size” bars of chocolate, crisps, sandwiches and fast food.
To understand a healthy portion size you need to know that:
You should aim to share out this calorie allowance throughout the day instead of consuming most of it in one sitting at lunch or dinner.
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