It depends on the food. Some are simple like: 1 cup milk 1 cup ready to eat cereal (corn flakes) 1/2 cup canned applesauce or canned corn
Grains that need to be cooked are tricky. Usually these are listed as a dry measure. For example: 2 ounces spaghetti dry, (is how this is often listed on a label). But realize that if you compare this to a serving size on "choose my plate" or other exchange type program, you will see that it is a 1/2 cup cooked portion for a serving and the 2 ounces dry is about twice the amount---so really you are getting 2 servings.
Why do they do this??----the company wants you to eat a large portion and more of their food so they make more money.
If you have specific foods that you are confused about, share them---perhaps we can help more.
I think microwave popcorn is the most difficult to figure out. This one always confuses me!
In general, serving or portion sizes refer to food as you'd eat it. Not as it comes in the package. For instance, a half cup of rice listed as a portion or serving isn't half a cup of dry rice, which would end up being at least a cup or more once it's cooked.
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