We are told to read the labels on our packages and encouraged to stick to single servings but what does a serving size look like and how does it differ from a portion?
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute a portion refers to the amount of food you choose to eat. A Serving is used to describe the recommended amount of food you should eat at a given meal.
To give you a clearer picture here are some visual examples of what a serving really looks like:
One Serving: Visual Example:
1 Baked Potato; fist
1 Cup Salad Greens; baseball
1/2 Cup cooked rice of pasta; 1/2 baseball
1 1/2 ounces of cheese; 4 stacked dice
1 Cup cereal flakes; fist
1 Pancake; compact disk
1 Teaspoon margarine; 1 dice
3 Ounces of Meat; deck of cards
2 Tablespoons peanut butter; table tennis ball
Next time you are out eating and wondering how many servings you are consuming picture the visual example. Remember, healthy eating is all about moderation.