October 15, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
America is a country that is engrossed by the idea that bigger is better. However, this is not necessarily true when it comes to large portion sizes. They provide an excess amount of empty calories and in turn contribute to weight gain and obesity. Large portion sizes stem from the idea that consumers should be getting the most for their dollar. Companies use their large portion sizes as “selling points,” making unhealthy dishes even more appealing than ever before. In the eye of the consumer, giant plates appear to be a bargain, when in reality they provide unnecessary fat and calories. For example, a popular fast food meal consisting of a hamburger, medium fries, and a large soft drink contains almost day’s worth of calories and fat. In fact, Menu selections rarely match the serving size standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
However, serving sizes have not always been this out of control. Below is a picture comparing portion sizes from 20 years ago to the typical serving sizes we see today. As you can see, smaller sizes did satisfy us at one point in time! This goes to show that just because we are presented with a certain amount of food, does not mean that we are obligated to completely clear our plates. Listen to your hunger and fullness signals to decide whether or not you really need to be consuming that much. Remember, quality is in fact better than quantity!