By: Mairlyn Smith, P.H.Ec.
Maybe it’s because our plates are getting bigger. Maybe it’s because we are inundated with food images on TV. Sadly, maybe it’s because mandatory Home Economics classes have gone the way of the dinosaur. Whatever the reason, the bottom-line is – our portion sizes are getting bigger and so are our personal bottom-lines.
Research supports that as Canadians have gained weight, the health of our nation has suffered. Heart disease and Type II diabetes have had a huge upswing, matching the upswing on our bathroom scales. There is no simple answer. However, there is a resounding plea from Canadian healthcare practitioners to control the mindless quantities of food we pile onto our dinner plates.
Before you add another cup of pasta to your plate know that size really does matter – especially portion size.
What does one serving of pasta really look like? You might be shocked because it’s a measly 125 mL (½ cup). When was the last time you ate as little as 125 mL (½ cup) of pasta and called it a day?
Check out how serving sizes are defined by Canada’s Food Guide:
Vegetables and Fruit
Milk and Alternatives
Meat and Alternatives
Tips to Help You Make Wise Portion Choices:
Mairlyn Smith, P.H.Ec., is a Toronto-based Professional Home Economist, cookbook author, highly sought-after speaker and TV personality. She is a member of the Ontario Home Economics Association, a self-regulated body of Professional Home Economists that promotes high professional standards among its members so that they may assist families and individuals to achieve and maintain a desirable quality of life.
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