Size It Up – Portion Sizes

We live in the land of super sized everything! How do you know what a real portion or serving size looks like when most of the time we are confronted with huge portions. As a result, we now look at these portions as normal. We are frequently told that buying bigger is a better value and saves money. Unfortunately it’s costing us our health.

The first thing to do to take back control of your health is to learn what an actual portion size looks like.

The next thing is to is to discover how serving sizes on a food label compares to how many servings are actually in the package. If you eat a whole bag of something that you think is a single serving size and it actually contains 2 servings according to the food label then everything on the label (calories, grams of carbs, grams of protein, mg of salt, etc) must be doubled. This is where many people get tripped up. A small bag or a single bottle is assumed to be a single serving. Manufacturers often will play games with the label so you are led to believe the calories are actually lower by breaking the bag/bottle into multiple servings on the label.

Always read the label and check the serving number before eating everything in the package no matter how small it may be.

In case you haven’t heard the word the food pyramid is out and the govenment has replaced it with a food plate. They spent a whole lot of taxpayers money to come up with this design.

This new design is suppose to help us all eat healthier. It’s a better graphic than the pyramid because its hard to get across how much of something you should be eating when referring to a little colored slice on a pyramid. At least the plate makes sense. What you choose to put on your plate is a whole different story.

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