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Portion Control Products--Hunh?

“It is meaningless to compare foods by weight or portion size,” explains Dr. Fuhrman. Don’t believe it? Give this experiment a try:

Take one teaspoon of melted butter, which gets 100 percent of its calories from fat. If I take that teaspoon of butter and mix it in a glass of hot water, I can now say that it is 98 percent fat-free, by weight. One hundred percent of its calories are still from fat. It didn’t matter how much water or weight was added, did it?

I mean, look how silly these are. From The Los Angeles Times:

Now, many health experts think portion-control is out of proportion. Karen Ravn of The Los Angeles Times reports:

Portion-control plates are intended to do just what their name says: get portion sizes under control. Most experts agree that portions have run amok.

Starting in the 1970s, portions in all food categories except bread have been growing, according to a 2002 study conducted at New York University. That includes portions served in restaurants, packaged items sold in grocery stores and portion sizes in cookbook recipes.

Some examples: Twenty years ago, an average-sized bagel was 3 inches in diameter and had 140 calories, according to figures from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Now it's 6 inches across and packs about 350 calories. Twenty years ago, a cheeseburger, order of fries and a soda had 630 calories, fewer than half as many calories as the same 1,450-calorie meal, on average, today, according to the institute.

"People know portions are big, but they have no idea how big, and how much bigger they are than what we should eat," says Lisa Young, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University.

Here’s my portion control. Please, may I have a GIANT portion of fruits and vegetables!

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Llouise - April 1, 2008 11:31 AM

Portion control is insanity!!!

Doesn't this just reinforce obsessive behaviors surrounding food and eating?
I'm so glad I didn't have any of that kind of worry when I started the Eat To Live eating style.

I feel sorry for people who count calories and divvy up portions and obsess over every little bit.

Gerry Pugliese - April 1, 2008 11:57 AM

Hey Llouise-

When people see my GIANT portions of greens--they FREAK! I laugh. :)


Sara - April 1, 2008 9:33 PM

Right on Gerry. A giantportion of fruits and veggies. and salads should be bigger, not smaller. How often do you see a salad big enough unless you make it yourself?

Mary T - June 13, 2013 8:13 PM

I like not to have to count calories, count fat grams, count this or that, but know which foods to enjoy. So I'd rather know which foods are healthy and then focus on those. Speaking of huge portions, when i when to a buffet (all you can eat)... you should see how people (including me) would fill a large dinner plate up 2-3 times. Worse is that people take all the food, and then waste a lot of it because they dont care - there will be more. When I lasted attended 2 buffets, my appetite went down, and i could only eat 1 plate, not 2 or 3. even though food was there, i didn't want it.. so that must have been the beginning of my wanting not to stuff myself into oblivion. Now I am corraling my food choices even more, but I can remember i used to be able to stuff 2-3 plates of food because it was free and all you want.. i even ate till my stomach was painfully full .. wow...

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