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The Portion Distortion Guide

A List of Serving Sizes


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I truly think that this is a wonderful tool, just very hard to use for non-americans, because we in Germany don't have cups and ounces. I think for me grams and mL would be easier.
THANKS anyway! Report
This will be SUPER helpful when eating out!!! I can guesstimate the serving based on size and wrap the rest. Report
This will be SUPER helpful when eating out!!! I can guesstimate the serving based on size and wrap the rest. Report
i think i will stick with measuring and weighing because i don't know how big a billiard ball is or how to pour 1 hockey puck of juice Report
totally agree with the measurments... Report
Very sports-centric. I prefer to weigh and measure whenever possible. Report
I agree with the previous post about the palm of you're hand, especially for a piece of steak about the size of you're palm. Report
Pretty much what I've learned is to never eat anything with a portion size bigger than your palm or fist. Keep it little. What can fit in the your palm is usually 3 -4 oz or a 1/2 cup from what someone told me. Report
I'd prefer a list with the foods' recommended weight in grammes or at least ounces, so I can convert them. I'm from Central Europe, we don't measure in cups or base balls...actually, I'm not into sports and base ball isn't popular here, so I have no idea how big it is and what's the difference to a billiard ball? And as somebody said, you can always cheat a little with cups etc. (just stuff it!), but you can't cheat with we all know to well. Report
I don't have billiard balls or baseballs on hand, nor can I picture what size they are - just not into sports! Report
I'm afraid that I just measure things using scales and measuring cups. Actually, if I am truly honest, most of my meals involve the words "microwave until hot" and I just trust that the nutritional information on the side of the box is accurate. Report
Obviously the person who developed this list is into sports. LOL!! Report
I don't think I'll ever understand using volume to measure a hypothetical "portion". If we're talking grains the volume of a billiard ball, I can pack them so that twice as much is still the size of a billiard ball. This is why my food scale is my best weapon here. It never lies and I can't make it cheat. A cup of sugar? I can make that weigh two vastly different numbers if I want. 100g of sugar will always be 100g of sugar. This amorphous, arbitrary notion of "portions" just muddies the dietary water for me. Report
Vegetables the size of a billiard ball?! As much juice as a hocky puck? LOL -- who thinks this stuff up?

The basic message, that portion size is critical, is sound. Some of the visualizations suggested are just plain funny. Report
LOL! I work at a store that specializes in billiards, and we also sell ping pong, hockey pucks, and baseballs. We also sell bowling balls and I'm glad to see there are no portions of that magnitude! This is very helpful! Report

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