Measuring foods and checking nutrition facts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I rarely eat cereal in the morning, but today I decided I would have a bowl of cereal. In the cupboard I found 2 boxes, an almost empty box of Great Grains with raisins, dates and pecans, and a never opened box of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut. As I was debating which type to have I decided I would look at the nutrition facts to see if it could sway me one way or the other. First of all, I was actually quite surprised to see that 3/4 cup measurement on both.....really, just 3/4 cup is a full serving? Secondly, the Great Grains was higher in virtually every category! Granted some of those categories are the health ones, like potassium, fiber and protein, but then there is also the higher fat, sodium and carbs. Anyways, I chose to go with the Crunchy Nut this morning. I actually measured out the 3/4 cup portion and couldn't believe how small it seemed when compared to what I might have normally poured. It barely came up to the half way point in my standard sized cereal/soup bowl.
So this made me realize that nearly every facet of our lives has been geared toward promoting our countries obesity. The size of an average cereal/soup bowl prompts people to fill them to what easily amounts to a double portion. The size of our dinner plates promotes eating at least double the amount of food necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
So I'm thinking it might be a good idea for some manufacturer to make a set of dinnerware that is designed specifically towards individual portion control........ just sayin'