In the last 30 years, food portions have steadily grown, adding excess calories to the American diet and contributing to the obesity epidemic. Changes in our food environment have been called “obesogenic” because they support unhealthy habits instead of healthier ones.
Can you recognize how much portions have grown? Take this portion distortion quiz, put together by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, to test your knowledge.
The good news is that even with all of these changes, YOU ARE STILL IN CONTROL of your food choices and portions! Read ahead to learn more about how you can eliminate portion distortion in your life.
Defining a Portion vs Serving:
Portion: what you serve yourself
Serving: the recommended amount you should eat; found on a food label
It’s easy to over-serve ourselves when we are hungry. However,giving ourselves more than we need leads to weight gain. Check the serving size on the nutrition label if you are unsure how much you should give yourself.
In general, healthy portions are categorized by food group. The USDA created MyPlate as a simple way to judge if you are eating a balanced meal with appropriate portions.
Tips for Cutting Portions When Eating Out