Several people believe that serving size and portion control mean the same thing. However, they are two very different concepts. They both are important, but used in different situations.
A serving size indicates the amount of food for the nutritional information that is shown. Serving sizes are specified by measurements such as tablespoons, cups, or ounces. MyPlate includes a few examples of the serving sizes that kids should eat. The serving sizes on MyPlate are different than on a Nutrition Facts label--they are smaller. Parents should follow serving sizes on MyPlate rather than a Nutrition Facts label to ensure their child isn’t overeating. A portion size is the actual amount of food on a plate and vary in size depending on the type of food.
Here are some helpful tips to control kid’s portion control:
· 1 ounce or 1 regular slice of bread is about the size of a CD cover
· 1 cup of dry cereal is close to the size of a baseball
· 1/2 cup of ice cream is about the size of 1/2 of a baseball
Understanding what it means to be hungry will help with keeping portions under control!
These tips and more can be found at: http://www.eatright.org/
resource/food/nutrition/ dietary-guidelines-and- myplate/portion-distortion