January 18, 2010

Oh Domino!

Do you know what a 1 oz. serving of cheese looks like? 4 dominoes. How about a serving of pasta? A baseball.
A great way to keep ever-growing portion sizes in check is to visualize what a serving size should look like.
Read more from FitSugar about suggested portion size visual cues. And, some interesting data on portion distortion from mealsmatter.org:
Serving Sizes Then and Now
Food or beverage 1950s Expanded 2003 portion
French fries 2.4 ounces up to 7.1 ounces
Fountain soda 7.0 ounces 12 to 64 ounces
Hamburger patty 1.6 ounces up to 8.0 ounces
Hamburger sandwich 3.9 ounces 4.4 to 12.6 ounces
Muffin 3.0 ounces 6.5 ounces
Pasta serving 1.5 cups 3.0 cups
Chocolate bar 1 ounce 2.6 to 8 ounces

Another great tip: skip the dinner plate and eat on the salad plate. It'll look fuller!

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