In an age of ‘supersizing,’ keep an eye on portions

In an age where “supersizing,” all-youcan- eat buffets, and family-size packaging are the norm, it’s tough to know exactly what a reasonable portion size looks like. But, exercising portion control is a great way to get and stay at a weight that’s healthy for you.

After quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of serious diseases, such as cancer.

So what does a reasonable portion size look like? Consider these food portion sizes compared to everyday objects. You may be surprised to learn the servings you’re used to seeing are double or triple what a recommended portion might be.

1 oz. meat: a matchbox

3 oz. meat (the recommended portion for a meal): a deck of cards or bar of soap

8 oz. meat: a thin paperback book

3 oz. fish: a checkbook

1 oz. cheese: four dice

Medium potato: a computer mouse

2 tablespoons of peanut butter: a tabletennis ball

1/2 cup pasta: a tennis ball

Making simple choices, such as controlling your portions, can make a big difference to your health. To learn more about the healthy habits that can help finish the fight against cancer, visit cancer.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800- 227-2345.


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