Have you ever purchased raw sweet potatoes? Hopefully so! And, when you did, you probably noticed how different they range in size from one to another. When deciding what size to buy, I first determine how I am going to prepare them. This week, I was preparing mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon so I bought two of the largest sweet potatoes that the store had. Let me tell you, these things were huge
This got me thinking! Would consumers be able to determine how many servings in one of these sweet potatoes? Would someone really see one of these potatoes as a portion or even two? Do consumers understand the difference between a serving and a portion? The sweet potato in the picture above is actually four servings. I put the fork next to it as a measure! Huge, right? If you are confused by the difference between a portion size and a serving size, read on!
A portion size is the amount of food you choose to eat. A serving size is the amount found as a standard amount used to help give advice about how much food to eat. So, it may be appropriate for your portion to be two servings, or, if you require fewer calories you may only need one serving.
Over the past 20 years, we have seen some incredible changes to the foods that are offered at restaurants, and the food options that are available in grocery stores. Even if we are choosing healthy, wholesome foods – such as a sweet potato – eating too much of them can cause lead to weight gain. And, it is not only the portion sizes that have nearly doubled – the plates and bowls that our food is served in has too. That can make it seem like the food on your plate is an appropriate amount, when in actually could be too much.
To help you understand how to eat the right amount of food, you really need to understand what appropriate portions look like. Use the following guide to help you determine what a standard serving of food is, so that you can decide if your portion is proper!
|Sweet Potato||100 g or 3.5 ounces= computer mouse|
|White Fish||3 ounces= a checkbook|
|Cooked pasta||½ cup cooked= a tennis ball|
|Fruit||1 medium= a baseball|
|Cheese||1 ounce= 4 dice stacked|
|Tofu||3 ounces= a deck of cards|
|English muffin or bagel||1 ounce= ½ English muffin or ¼ large bagel|