Does “serving size” and “portion size” mean the same thing?
Although these terms are often used together, they mean different things when it comes to our diet. A “serving” is the recommended amount of food nutrition that experts advise us to eat. Serving sizes keep calories, fat and sugar in check. Serving sizes are listed on the Nutrition Facts label on food packages. However, how much of a particular food we choose to eat is the “portion.” For example, a cup of brown rice (equal to two servings) and a large apple (also equal to two servings) are realistic portions and a good source of nutrients. But a 2-cup portion of ice cream (four 1/2-cup servings) has more calories, fat and sugar than is recommended on a daily basis. Consuming larger portions is expected every now and then, but indulging too often can lead us down a slippery slope called “portion distortion.” The general consensus is that the increase in calories consumed because of larger portions has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, most of us have lost sight of what