When it comes to portion sizes, "big" is truly big, especially compared to what "big" meant years ago.
Ponder these outrageous (but true) examples*:
- In the 1970's, 7-11 stores sold soda pop in 12 and 20 ounce sizes. In 1988 they introduced the Double Gulp which was ½ gallon (64 ounces)!
- In 1954, Burger King sold one size of French fries, called regular at 2.6 ounces, today that's the small size. How about the king at 6.8 ounces!
- Get this one...Starbuck's originally offered a "Short" 8 ounce coffee, which is no longer sold. Now your choices are Tall (12 oz), Grande (16 oz) or Venti (20 oz).
- Think about this one...in 1984, the recipe for Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies on the bags of Nestle's chocolate chips made 100 cookies. Three years later, in 1987, the exact same recipe only made 60 cookies!
Need more convincing? Click on the following links to take 2 short quizzes which will test your knowledge of portion size. Try your hand at guessing the calories contained in some of these foods... you'll be surprised!