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Pick Your Portions

Meals and snacks have become supersized -- and not just at fast food restaurants. Check your portion know-how in our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: The larger the package, the more people eat.

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The correct answer is: Dietitians recommend you put the amount of food you want to eat in a different container like a small bowl. Studies show that people who eat food from its packaging tend to eat more.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Twenty years ago, a standard bagel had how many calories?

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The correct answer is: It was also a lot smaller. Today's 6-inch bagel has 350 calories. That's 210 more calories than a 3-inch bagel 20 years ago.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Kids who are told to "clean their plates" do a better job at portion control.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In one study, preschoolers whose parents regularly forced them to clean their plates asked for bigger portions of sweet cereal at snack time.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's the difference between a portion size and a serving size?

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The correct answer is: A portion is the amount of food that you choose to eat for a meal or snack. A serving is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or one cup of milk. Many foods that come as a single portion actually contain multiple servings.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What is a 3-ounce serving of fish equal to?

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The correct answer is: Three ounces of meat, fish or poultry is about the size of a deck of playing cards, or the palm of your hand. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of heart-healthy seafood a week.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What is a serving of cheese?

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The correct answer is: A single serving of cheese is 1 1/2 ounces. Think of it as four stacked dice or 2 slices of cheese.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What is a single serving of pasta?

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The correct answer is: A single serving of pasta is 1/2 cup, or about the size of a tennis ball cut in half.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: A single serving of baked potato should be about the size of your fist.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The average restaurant baked potato is equal to two servings or more.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How many calories does a small potato have?

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The correct answer is: A baked potato with the skin and flesh has about 128 calories, 738 mg of potassium and 3 grams of fiber.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is a serving of peanut butter?

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The correct answer is: A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter is about the size of a ping-pong ball.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

According to USDA guidelines, how much of a typical plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables?

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The correct answer is: You should fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies. The other half should be split between lean protein and grains.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How much of your grains should be whole grains?

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The correct answer is: The USDA recommends that half of your grains be whole grains and that you limit refined grains such as white bread.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How many grams of fiber should an adult man have each day?

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The correct answer is: Men and women between ages 31 and 50 should get 38 and 25 grams of fiber, respectively. Women over 50 should get 22 grams of fiber a day.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following has the most fiber per serving?

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The correct answer is: Beans are some of the most fiber-filled foods. A single cup of black beans has 15 grams of fiber. Raspberries are a good source, too; 1 cup has 8 grams.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who are overweight have a harder time estimating how many calories are in a single meal.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When overweight people underestimate the calories in a given meal, studies show they do so because they tend to consume larger meals. It's harder for people of all sizes to estimate calorie amounts for larger meals.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How many cups are in a typical portion of movie theater popcorn?

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The correct answer is: Twenty years ago the average movie theater popcorn contained five cups of popped kernels and 270 calories. Modern moviegoers nosh on something like 11 cups and 630 calories -- although some buckets hold more. Butter can double the calories.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: People eat more candy from clear containers than opaque ones.

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The correct answer is: In a 2006 study, participants ate 2.5 pieces of chocolate more than they would have if the candy had been in an opaque container.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

If you eat two pieces of candy a day at work, how many calories will that add up to over one week?

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The correct answer is: The calories add up quickly when you mindlessly eat sweets. The best method to avoid mindless eating: Put snacks and sweets out of sight.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

In a classic portion control study, Chicago moviegoers were given free medium or large buckets of stale popcorn. How much more stale popcorn did the people who were given large buckets eat?

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The correct answer is: Even though the popcorn was stale and participants said they weren't hungry, they still ate 51 percent more popcorn than those who received smaller buckets.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following may help you eat more appropriate portion sizes?

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The correct answer is: All of these are classic tips for reducing portion sizes at home. At restaurants, order half-sized entrees or have your waiter package half your meal to go.

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