Nutrition Labeling, Better than Portion Sizes...

In 2007, a study showed people eat until they’re full and portioning food does not affect calorie intake. And now, new research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association claims consumers associate portion sizes with daily nutrient requirements and not the appropriate amount of food to eat. Among the participants, 33 normal weight people given a randomized meal ranging in size, the portion of food had no impact on fullness or how much total food participants ate. Leading researchers to believe better nutrient labeling would be more helpful to consumers than portion sizes; via FoodNavigator.

Don’t worry about portions. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients, but they’re also packed with fiber! And high-fiber foods, like spinach and beans, are low in calories, eating them fills you up quickly, meaning you can eat a lot and still lose weight.

Sure beats plates and Tupperware that tell you how much to eat! Yes, very stupid.

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Steve - February 4, 2009 9:48 AM

Hi Gerry

Portion control makes little sense in a Fuhrman style diet. Portion control is for that Nutri Sytem stuff you see advertised by all the old football players, those tiny burgers and the like (real food for real men ;-).

Using yesterday as an example I had an entire blender of fruit smoothie, half a large pot of thick veggie soup, and a salad in a bowl big enough to wash my winter sweater in. They just don't make glasses and cups and plates big enough for main dishes in this style of diet.

Regards, Steve

Monty - February 4, 2009 11:44 AM

Small portions of junk are still junk, with even less of the meager amount of nutrients contained in large portions of the same junk. The result will be worse malnutrition along with addictive cravings for junk. What counts is the kind of food, not the amount.

Patrick - February 4, 2009 10:58 PM

Thanks for the tip. Agree that small portions of junk, are still junk.

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