Serving Size vs. Portion Size: Is There a Difference?
Healthy eating includes making healthful food choices, which means knowing what and how much you eat. Do you know the difference between serving and portion sizes? While the terms serving and portion often are used interchangeably, they actually mean different things.
A "serving" is the amount of food recommended in consumer education materials such as My Plate. A "portion" is the amount of a food you choose to eat at any one time — which may be more or less than a serving.
Here are some everyday comparisons to help you figure out your serving sizes:
To overcome portion distortion and to downsize your helpings, try these tips:
Once you get a good sense of serving sizes, you can compare them to the portions you eat and make any necessary modifications.
From Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Reviewed January 2013