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5 Things to Know About Serving Size

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5 Things to Know About Serving Size

Want to lose weight, keep weight in check, eat just enough to nourish and strengthen your body? Then keeping your meals to the proper serving size is the way to go. But, if serving sizes are important why have meal portions gotten so much larger? One reason is that restaurants and food manufacturers have used “size” as an incentive to lure customers to buy their products and people have responded with a bit too much enthusiasm. More is always better in our culture and that is never truer than with portions of food. Portion size is not to be confused with the recommended serving size of a particular food group. The American meal portions have grown in proportion to our waistlines, but the recommended serving sizes have remained unchanged.

1. Why a serving size?
Because no one food group can provide all the nutrients our body needs eating a variety of whole foods, while following the serving size recommendations, helps us obtain our daily allotment of nutrients. These include our daily intake of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.  Knowing the right serving size also allows you to determine the proper amount of fat and calories your body receives from a meal, which helps you design a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen.

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12:08AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Try smaller plates unless you're eating vegetables. If it's vegetables then heap them high. That's the great part of being a vegetarian.

1:16AM PDT on May 28, 2011

Very informative article. Thanks for sharing.

3:15PM PDT on May 26, 2011

It used to be called grazing. Several small meals work for me.

1:25AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

It's actually healthier to eat multiple mini meals a day rather than a couple big ones.

5:30PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

I find it easier to eat a lot of small meals all day.

10:20AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

good post :)

8:01AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

When I see the huge portion size in some resturants I cringe!!Less food and lower prices please.Healthy for us and our pocket books!

2:30PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011


12:44AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Even if eating a lot of food, it's the variety that can make it better or worse for you also. Everyone can use more veggies.

10:52AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I like the list of the ideal servings of each common item! Thank you!

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