Portion Distortion

23 Apr

You probably haven’t noticed it since it was a gradual shift that happened over many years.  Our food portions have grown – hugely!  Restaurants have increased the size of their portions, and we consumers now demand this.  If we are served a portion that is less than huge, we complain that it’s a rip off.   Over time, we have come to believe that these massive portions are normal.  We then bring this distorted view home to our own kitchens, serving over-sized meals and snacks to our families.  Then we’re shocked when we put on weight, thinking “I just eat normally, why am I overweight?!”  Plates, glassware and even silverware have grown!  Some of the plates used in restaurants are so huge that they even make the massive portions appear small.  One of the easiest ways to make sure you don’t fall into this portion distortion trap is to just use smaller plates at home.  If you’re eating out, don’t ever feel that you need to eat everything on your plate.  It’s almost a guarantee that you are being served much more than you actually need.  For some interesting examples of this, see the Portion Distortion Slide Show:  http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/oei_ss/PD1/slide1.htmbihin.net/oei_ss/PD1/slide1.htm

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