How can I tell if I'm eating the right serving sizes of food?

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The American Diabetes Association recommends the following analogy as a way of measuring one serving of a certain food:
  • A 1/2-cup serving of canned fruit, vegetables, or potatoes looks like half a tennis ball.
  • Three ounces of meat, fish, or chicken is about the size of a deck of playing cards or the palm of your hand.
  • A 1-ounce serving of cheese is about the size of your thumb.
  • A 1-cup serving of milk, yogurt, or fresh greens is about the size of your fist.
  • One teaspoon of oil is about the size of your thumb tip.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.