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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Healthy Eating

Serving Size vs. Portion Size

Serving:
A serving size is a standardized method for measuring food items.
For example:

  • ½ cup of rice
  • 1 slice of bread

Portion:
Portion is the actual amount of food served or eaten at a snack or meal.
For example:

  • A bowl of rice
  • A sandwich

How to Control Portion Size?

  • Use smaller plates
  • Divide portions before sitting down to eat
  • Do not eat directly from the bag or package
  • Avoid eating in front of the television
  • Use measuring cups
  • Read food labels
  • Order an appetizer and salad as your main meal
  • Share your meal
  • Ask for a doggie bag and put ½ of the meal aside before you start eating
  • Don’t feel the need to clear your plate