Interesting measurements. It's handy to have some real-life comparisons for the suggested portions. Personally, I prefer my scale and measuring utensils. Of course, those don't work if I'm eating out! Once I've measured something, I put it in a familiar container (I get restaurant-service disposables) so I have a future reference.
I'm not convinced of some of the portions listed here, though. A "deck of cards" of ground beef is NOTHING like the same (weight) portion as a dense piece of steak. I'm not sure I could get through a piece of my favorite flank steak of that size!
And it's chancy to lump "breads" together: I favor a brand which lists a much smaller portion on their label. One "serving" per their calculations is 3 slices! And those 3 slices are less nutritionally "costly" than ONE slice of typical bread. Not that I eat much bread in any case.
And, for whoever it was who was concerned with the whipped topping...I understand the variance you're making...but even so, for the nutritional density of the stuff, you could pretty much sit and eat it by tablespoonsfuls out of the container! It's not especially "costly", really.
I still think the gold standard is the labeling and your own measuring tools. If you have to "wing it" in restaurants or social venues, this is a quick-and-dirty guide...but I wouldn't rely on it on a day-to-day basis. And I absolutely would *not* be eating the daily servings listed! (who dreamed those up, anyway!?!)
- 4/4/2013 10:46:56 AM