🍏 Portion size is the amount of a food or drink you choose to consume at one meal.
🍉 Portion distortion is the term used to describe the (almost unnoticed) growth in portion size over time.
🍩 For example, take a plain bagel:
💖 A study by The British Heart Foundation (2013) found that the majority of portion sizes had increased substantially over the preceding 20 years.
🥘 An average individual shepherd’s pie or chicken curry ready meal had doubled in size!
👶 Young children tend to eat what their body needs, but as we get older we tend to eat what is presented to us as a portion.
🥣 Plates and bowls are bigger, ready meals are bigger, restaurant portions are bigger.
🍟 Just one super-sized fast food meal may contain more calories than you need in a whole day!
When trying to eat a healthy balanced diet we are told to follow dietary guidelines.
Guidelines tell us to eat a certain number of portions of a food each day.
But if we don’t know what a portion is they are useless!!!
Because our perception of portion size has become so distorted:
➡ We all need to first learn what a portion size is.
➡ Then we can follow guidelines and make use of the food pyramid.
➡ And then we can re-learn what it is to eat in healthy amounts.
Check out safefood.eu for some great portion size guides: