Food Portions

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While living well is not about depriving yourself of foods you like, it is also not about eating too much. It is important to control how much you eat as well as choose what you eat; in this way, you will be better able to control the proper amount of nutrients in your daily diet. There are two common situations with portion control: we either think it is impossible to get the recommended four servings of fruits and vegetables in our daily diets, or we are eating way too much food. Most of us are used to living in a “supersized” society, where huge plates of pasta, double servings of French fries, or giant slabs of ribs are the norm for restaurants and fast food franchises. We have lost our ability to gauge what a portion size looks like.

Before we start, it is important to note that the USDA notes proper serving sizes on food labels for the purpose of giving people appropriate nutritional information. All food labels contain serving size information so that products can be standardized, but proper serving sizes are also recommended as nutritional guidelines in dietary plans. These recommendations are suggested not only for weight control, but also to give you information on maintaining the proper nutrient levels for good health.

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