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Portion Distortion

By Tiffany Glenn, M.S., R.D.,L.D. Registered Dietitian

Portion sizes these days have become a common misconception. Next time you read a
label, examine the difference. A good example of portion distortion is orange juice. A
correct serving size of orange juice is cup. If you buy orange juice at a restaurant
or convenient store, you usually get more than a single serving! The key is for parents
to be educated. Children need child-sized servings. Many of them are getting adult
portions, plus more! If you would like to find out more information on correct portion
sizes, go to www.mypyramid.gov.

Here are some things to consider:
Portion sizes have grown in the past 20 – 30 years. Some meals contain an entire
days worth of calories.

Many foods now have such large portion sizes that they add anywhere from 50 – 300
calories more than they should.

If you are not burning off those additional calories, an extra 100 calories a day can
add up to 10 pounds of weight in one year!

The average plate size has grown from 9 inches to 12 inches. French fry servings
have tripled. Sodas have gone from 7 ounces to 12 – 64 ounces. Hamburgers,
sandwiches, muffins and bagels have doubled in size. Pasta, well we all know how
much of that we eat now!

Many restaurant portions are two or three times bigger than the recommended
serving size based on the Food Guide Pyramid.
Studies show that when people by big bags of something they are prone to eat more
at one sitting, Up to 43 percent more.

What can you do?

  • Read labels, pay attention to the recommended serving size.
  • Repackage supersize bags.
  • Use smaller plates or buy smaller paper plates.
  • Share food when you are eating out or take some home.
  • Slow down! It takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your stomach you are full.
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By Tiffany Glenn, M.S., R.D.,L.D. Registered Dietitian
Categories:  Kid's Health & Safety

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Tiffany Glenn, M.S., R.D.,L.D. Registered Dietitian

Tiffany Glenn, M.S., R.D.,L.D. Registered Dietitian

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