What Are Some Common Food Serving Portions?


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The American Heart Association suggests getting six daily servings of grains, four of vegetables, four of fruit and two of dairy. A healthy diet also consists of 3 to 6 ounces of cooked meat, two daily servings of fats, four weekly servings of nuts or legumes and fewer than five of sweets.

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What Are Some Common Food Serving Portions?
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Portion sizes vary by food group. For instance, one slice of bread, 1 ounce of dry cereal or 1/2 cup of cooked rice constitutes a portion of grains. For vegetables, 1 cup of leafy vegetables, 1/2 cup of cut vegetables or 1/2 cup of vegetable juice constitutes a portion. A portion of fruit is one medium fruit, 1/4 cup of dry fruit and 1/2 cup of either fresh or frozen fruit or fruit juice.

The AHA suggests using only fat-free or low-fat dairy products in a healthy diet. A dairy portion consists of 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1.5 ounces of cheese. Likewise, meats should be lean. A serving of fats consists of 1 teaspoon of margarine or vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise or 1 tablespoon of salad dressing.

For weekly portions of nuts and legumes, example portions sizes include 1.5 ounces of nuts, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or 1/2 cup of dry beans. Concerning sweets, 1 tablespoon of sugar, jelly or jam constitutes a portion size.

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