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Serving Sizes and Portion Control: What You May Not Realize

Many of us who’re trying to eat more mindfully have probably found ourselves in the following scenario at one time or another: we casually glance at the nutrition facts label for a snack food or drink to find that the calorie amount listed ‘per serving’ seems perfectly reasonable, even suspiciously low. Thus reassured that we are making, if not a particularly healthy choice, at least one that won’t break the ‘calorie bank’ for the day so to speak, we go on with our life without giving it a second thought.

But what a lot of us don’t realize is that just one small bag or package or bottle (that is, the amount a normal person might eat in one sitting for a snack) may actually be 2.5 servings, or 3, or maybe even 4.5 servings, so that seemingly reasonable calorie amount we saw listed now has to be multiplied several times over…making it perhaps not so reasonable after all!

Writing for NBC News’ TODAY: Health & Wellness, Caitlin Kiernan is Serving up some serious portion control that may shock you but also, hopefully, inspire you to make better and more informed choices. For a more simplified breakdown of serving sizes for common diet staples such as fruit, veggies, grains and protein, as well as some interesting historical background on how we got where we are now, check out Thrive Notebook’s Psst, You’re Probably Eating Too Much. Here’s What Servings Should Look Like by Dana Poblete.

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