I am the type of person who eats everything placed before them. No food is left untouched on my plate. So when I realized what an actual serving (the recommend amount of food referenced on the nutrition label) looked like compared to the portion size (the amount of food you decide to eat) on my plate, I was in shock.
American’s portion sizes have supersized over the last 20 years. Now the larger portions are what we consider “normal.” Understanding what a serving size is, along with making good food choices can help you eat healthier.
These comparisons can help you “eyeball” serving sizes to give you a better idea of how many servings make up your portion when eating out, grabbing food on-the-go, or simply eating at home.
1 baked potato/sweet potato should equal the size of a computer mouse
2 servings of cooked vegetables = baseball
1 serving of hard cheese = 3 dice
2 servings of cooked pasta, cereal, and rice = baseball
1 serving of bread = cassette tape
1 serving of meat = deck of cards
1 serving of ice cream = light bulb
1 brownie = dental floss
1 burrito = checkbook
Edible Nutrition’s Intern, Sarah Franz