Magazine article USA TODAY

Americans Suffering from Portion Distortion

Magazine article USA TODAY

Americans Suffering from Portion Distortion

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Portion sizes are crucial when you are trying to eat healthfully, but are you confused by what a portion really is? Is a muffin supposed to be as big as a 12-inch softball? Is a serving of meat supposed to be the size of an encyclopedia? How much constitutes a serving of pasta or ice cream? It seems these questions come up especially when you are eating your favorite foods, since they are most often the ones that are incorrectly measured.

"Americans seem to suffer from portion distortion," cautions Boston-based registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Elizabeth Ward. "A portion size isn't a plate full of pasta, 32 ounces of soda, or a 10-ounce steak. People need to realize that, when it comes to weight control, they can eat any food they want, as long as they control the portion and get regular physical activity, too."

Serving sizes are specific, standardized amounts of food meant as guides to help you plan and judge your own portions. …

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