Consensus on Serving Size..? Please?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

It's been bothering me for a while now. Personally, I do much better when I weigh my food. And I'm trying to ensure I get in the all important Five Fruits and Vegetables a Day.

So I got irritated when every web site said 'one apple, one apricot ... seven stalks of asparagus, two cups leafy greens'. All of these vary greatly is visually measurable size as well as weight, not to mention ... two cups of lettuce? Packed, loose, what?

I looked at dozens of sites. The information was largely the same. Then, oddly enough, I stumbled on to a UN site. Guess what. There is a standard of about 80 grams per serving. I guess you really can find anything on the web.

And with this nugget of information now taking up a little nook in my stuffed-full-of-trivia brain, I feel like I've acquired a better measure of my 5 a day. But I have to say, 80 grams of spinach looks like an awful effen lot!
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  • TWEET62
    I love my food scale.

    I don't usually use measuring cups but weigh my food instead simply because it's a more accurate measure of what I'm eating. However, the vagueness of produce serving sizes has always driven me bananas (pun probably not intended but you never know). I'm glad to know there is a standard that I can use now. Thanks for sharing!
    3186 days ago
    Who knew?? Thanks for sharing.
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    3188 days ago
    Boy, we do think alike. I always hated that whole "serving size" thing. I think it's whatever the manufacturer thinks is reasonable and measurable. But I gave up on trying to stick to serving sizes for most things. For example, the common thinking for a banana is half a banana = 1 serving. Come on, now, who the he!! eats a half a banana!! What do you do with the rest of it? Save it for later? What happens to an open banana if you leave it out? Uhhh... I ain't eatin' it! And meat too... 3 or 4 oz is the common serving size. So if I pick up a chicken breast and it weighs 5 oz, am I supposed to cut off an ounce and store it for later? That's stupid, and frankly, too much work for me. (Let's all remember now how lazy I am) If I know how many calories etc are in a 4 oz chicken breast, I just count the 5 oz (automatic calculations on the computer make it easy), eat it, be happy, go on my merry way, and don't worry about it.
    3188 days ago
    Hey, DRACO63 ... it means the food weighs 80 grams. And even though my apple, nectarine or baby summer squash weighs more, I still count it as one fruit/veggie. I guess for me it's just knowing a minimum ... so for blueberries, grape tomatoes, cut up fruits/veggies, leafy greens I'm no longer trying to 'eyeball' it. My eyes can be and are frequently wrong.
    3188 days ago
    My personal thought? A serving is an adequate portion to be taken seriously alongside any other items during a meal. :)
    3188 days ago
  • DRACO63
    I'm pretty sure the 80 grams very, depending what the food is. 80 grams of fiber would be hard to take if you know what I mean.
    3188 days ago
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