Friday, June 13, 2014

Do you Know your Serving Sizes?

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! You may think that you know what a serving size looks like, but it can be easy to eat more than you should because restaurants are in the habit of serving "super-sized" meals. The best way to be sure you're eating the right amount of calories -- and to be confident you're getting the nutrition you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle -- is to learn about the recommended serving sizes.

Definition: Developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the serving size defines a specific amount of a particular food that represents the recommended portion for one sitting.

Importance: The standardized serving size is one tool you can use to be sure you're following a healthy, balanced diet. The United States Department of Agriculture determined that nutritional values be contained in the defined serving size. This information must be placed on food packages in the form of a Nutrition Facts label for easy access to information about the calories, fats, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in one serving. Getting into the habit of reading the label helps you adjust your daily intake to meet your needs.

With all of that being said, be sure to check out this short video that showcases how much we typically eat as compared to what the suggested serving size is. Many of us eat with our eyes, and this is certainly an eye opener! Keep this in mind to help make healthy choices while eating.