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Serving Size

5 Easy Tricks to Avoid Portion Distortion

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Why are large portion sizes such a problem? Large portions are particularly problematic because the more we are served, the more we eat. Eating more translates into more calories, and ultimately, many of us, gain weight. And lots of it.

Do Serving Sizes Impact How Much You Eat?

Elle Penner | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elle Penner

If the serving size for ice cream were to jump from 1/2 cup to 1 cup, would you eat more? Some experts are worried you might.

The FDA Finally Tackles the Mushrooming Portion Distortion Problem

Dawn Zier | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Zier

The problem is that as "single serving" bottles, bags and boxes got bigger, these official serving sizes didn't.

What's a Normal Portion Size?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Restaurants influence how much we'll eat just by deciding the serving sizes, and those are unpredictable and range from petite to colossal.

Food Label Makeover a Great Step Toward Healthier Eating

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Grocery shoppers, prepare to be a lot smarter about what goes into your basket. And since what goes into your basket eventually goes into you and your family, this is truly great news for the health of our country.

FDA Proposes Larger -- More Realistic -- Serving Sizes for Food Labels

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The FDA is proposing to change the standard serving sizes to reflect what people actually eat. The FDA defines the current serving sizes as amounts of foods commonly consumed based on dietary intake surveys conducted in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nutrition Label 2.0: Bigger, Bolder, Better

Andy Bellatti | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

These changes are undoubtedly a victory for health advocates. As First Lady Michelle Obama put it: "This is a big deal, and it's going to make a big difference for families all across this country." They could also create a crisis for the food industry.

13 Lies Dieters Tell Themselves

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Before the holiday season eating extravaganza is upon us, here are a few common diet lies -- and how your better angel would react if he were awake.

Ask Healthy Living: Where Do Serving Sizes Come From?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

Hosting New Year's? How To Know How Much To Buy

Posted 12.29.2011 | Women

Nachos for six? Cocktails for twelve? What if half the crowd is too young to drink alcohol? When you have to entertain more than just a few people, us...

The Portion Control Dilemma: How to Stay Fit at College

Small Kitchen College | Posted 12.04.2011 | College
Small Kitchen College

2011-10-04-Screenshot20111004at1.15.08PM.jpg Whether in the dining hall or in your own kitchen, remember these rules about portion control.

Why You're Eating More Calories Than You Think

Posted 10.04.2011 | Home

When using PAM cooking spray, do you only spray it for a fraction of a second? According to the nutrition label, that fraction of second has zero calo...

Deciphering A Food Label: The 411

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.29.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Have you looked carefully at a nutrition label recently? They're packed with useful -- but sometimes confusing -- information.

Nutrition Label Lies & Loopholes: Serving Size Sleight of Hand

Tom Venuto | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Venuto

Concerned consumers have been screaming that U.S. labeling laws are full of loopholes and in need of serious revision. The FDA says they're going to do something about it. But will it be enough?

10 Things the FDA Can Do to Improve Nutrition Labeling

Hemi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Hemi Weingarten

Wouldn't it be nice if the FDA cleaned up the mess originally created when it brought us the nutrition facts label as we know it today?

Deciphering Nutrition Facts on Food Labels for Healthier Living

Laura Trice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Trice

We have a problem with people being heavier than is healthy for them and I feel that part of the problem is unhealthy ingredients combined with packaging that tricks people into eating more.