What are some easy ways to remember portion sizes?

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One hears all the time to limit portions, or to eat a certain amount of “servings” of fruit and vegetables per day. Here is a guide for some common portion sizes. One serving of each of these types of food looks like:
  • Medium whole raw fruit: A baseball
  • 3 oz piece of meat or fish: A deck of cards
  • 1 cup of fruit or vegetables: A person's fist
  • 1 oz of cheese: A pair of dice
  • 1 teaspoon: Tip of the thumb (from the knuckle)
  • 1 tablespoon: 3 thumb tips
  • 1/2 cup pasta (cooked): A scoop of ice cream
  • 1 cup green salad: 2 cupped hands

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