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PORTION SIZE CUES

Posted: 09.15.2017
The old adage "everything in moderation" is good advice, but deciding what that means might depend on one's preference for a particular food. Moderation, or portion control, plays a big part in maintaining a healthy weight. Sometimes it's difficult to know what an appropriate "portion" is. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends these visual cues to help estimate portion sizes. Deck of playing cards or flat palm = 3 oz. of meat or poultry. Baseball = 1 cup of pasta. Tennis ball = 1/2 cup of fresh fruit or vegetables. Four dice = 1 1/2 ounces of cheese. One die = teaspoon of butter.

 

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