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What is the suggested serving size of fish, poultry, beef, pork, or lamb?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
Fish can be eaten three to four times per week. One to two meals per week of beef, chicken, turkey, pork or lamb is acceptable. Each serving should be 3 oz cooked (about the size of a deck of cards).
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

The protein foods are measured in 1 ounce servings and the exact number of servings recommended for you is based on your caloric needs. A 1 ounce serving of protein foods is equal to 1 ounce of lean beef, poultry, pork, lamb or fish. There are three important tips when we are talking about protein foods:

  • Correct portion size makes a difference in your total caloric intake.
  • Choose lean cuts of protein foods such as round, tenderloin and flank.
  • Prepare your protein food using a low fat cooking method.

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