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Portion Control Strategies

Posted by angela p.

In MSN's Health & Fitness, Karen Collins, R.D., American Institute for Cancer Research, discusses studies about the problems American's have with portion sizes, how they developed in our culture, and what we can do about them.

Cornell University professor Brian Wansink determined that we may have success by reducing the size of our food packages and serving pieces, in a recent analysis published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

More research from Cornell University &Penn State shown that we eat larger amounts of food when greater amounts are presented to us. We might not eat everything, but we still eat more than if we started with less. This has been demonstrated in single meals, such as comparing the amount eaten of different size sub sandwiches, and in totals over a period of several days.

It's also been proven that when we use smaller plates or buy a smaller size of a snack we eat less.

We tend to eat in units, amounts packaged together. That's why it's important to read packaging because often what looks like one serving is actually 2 or more. Serving sizes and packaging have grown and are getting bigger because food companies want to sell more food. They want us to eat more, look at the serving sizes on commercials. How many times have you seen a single slice of pizza used to sell pies?

The article also mentions "The Clean Plate Club" which my mother tells me was something they had during World War II. Kids used to get rewards for cleaning their plate because the country was focused on not wasting anything.

It's an interesting article, and it makes you realize that when you're trying to eat healthy and stay fit that there are more forces trying to get you to "slip" than just your own mind.


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