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Exactly What Is A Serving? Know The Size of Servings

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Dietary recommendations are frequently give in "servings" - three to five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, two to three servings a day of meat and so on. Do you know what is meant by a "serving?"


Knowing the size of a serving can help you determine your portions - the amount of a particular food you eat at a given time. Here are some examples of serving sizes, for use in gauging your portions:

  1. Three ounces of cooked meat, fish or poultry is the size of a deck of cards
  2. Two tablespoons of peanut butter is the size of a golf ball
  3. A medium piece of fruit looks like a baseball
  4. A medium bagel is the size of a hockey puck
  5. One ounce of cheese is the size of four dice
  6. A small baked potato is the size of a computer mouse

The serving size for raw vegetables, yogurt and fruit is one cup which will fit into an average woman's hand.