Magazine article Work & Family Life

To Overcome Portion Distortion, Picture This

Magazine article Work & Family Life

To Overcome Portion Distortion, Picture This

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In the "supersize it" world we're living in, it's important to appreciate the difference between official serving-size guidelines for a healthy diet and the actual portions of food that most of us eat daily. Apparently, there's a whole lot of portion distortion going on - and many of us are consuming too much protein and carbohydrates, in particular.

Dietician Alissa Rumsey of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York says most adults need 5-6 ounces of protein a day - but the typical American diet provides twice as much or even more.

For example, if you eat one egg, one tablespoon of peanut butter, one ounce of nuts and three ounces of either a meat, poultry or fish, you have met your daily need for protein.

One serving of rice or pasta is half of a cup, not one cup. And "one serving" of a six-inch bagel is one-quarter ofthat bagel, says Rumsey. …

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