Portions and Servings: What’s the Difference?
A portion is the amount of food that you choose to eat for a meal or snack. It can be big or small.
A serving is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or one cup (eight ounces) of milk.
Many foods that come as a single portion actually contain multiple servings. The Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods (on the backs of cans, sides of boxes, etc.) tells you the number of servings in the container.
To overcome portion distortion and to downsize your helpings, try these tips:
- Eat from a plate, not a package, so you know how much you eat.
- Use smaller dishes, such as a lunch plate for your dinner, so less looks like more on your plate