It can be hard to measure out every portion of food you eat. Yet there are some simple ways to know that you are eating the right serving sizes.
A recommended serving size is the amount of each food that you are supposed to eat during a meal or snack. A portion is the amount of food that you actually eat. If you eat more or less than the recommended serving size, you will get either too much or too little of the nutrients you need.
Use your hand and other everyday objects to measure portion sizes:
You should eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day to help prevent cancer. Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and high in fiber. They will also help you fill up so that you eat less of high-fat foods. They do contain calories so you should not eat an unlimited amount, especially of fruits.
How to measure out the correct serving sizes of fruits and vegetables:
To control your portion sizes when you’re eating at home, try the following tips:
To control your portion sizes when eating out, try these tips:
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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