Saturday, March 17, 2012

Portion Distortion: How Big Should Your Portions Be?

Many people tend to underestimate the amount of food that we eat and overestimate the recommended portion sizes. It is hard to know exactly what a "portion size" is. So I will give you an easy way to visualize what a portion is for popular foods that you may eat everyday.

A serving of fruit or vegetables
A woman’s fist or baseball
A serving of meat or poultry
A deck of cards or the palm of your hand
A serving of dried fruit or nuts (1/4 cup)
A golf ball
A serving of ice cream (1/2 cup)
A tennis ball
A serving of cheese (1 ½ oz.)                     
3 dice
A serving of fish (aprox. 3 oz.)   
The size of a check book
1 small baked/sweet potato
The size of a computer mouse
1 bagel
Small 6 oz. can of tuna
A serving of cereal or pasta
A baseball
A serving of cooked rice (1/2 cup)
A light bulb
A serving of lunch meat (1 oz.)
A compact disc
Butter, margarine,mayo or salad dressing (1 tbsp)
A poker chip
A package of dental floss
A slice of cake (3 ½ oz.)
A deck of cards
1 cookie
2 poker chips
1 muffin
A hockey puck
Chili or soup (1 cup)
A baseball

"Portion Size Plate | Recommended Serving Sizes for Portion Control." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 16 Mar. 2012. <>.

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