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Serving sizes might be smaller than you think.

Photo of a bowl of potato chips, a glass of soda, and a fried chicken plate

"How do I know if my serving size is too large?"

  • Half of a bagel, 1/2 cup of rice, or 1 tortilla is 1 serving of grains.
  • 1/2 cup corn, peas, or carrots is 1 serving of vegetables.
  • A small apple, orange, or peach is 1 serving of fruit.
  • A small handful of raisins is 1 serving of fruit.
  • 8 oz. of milk or yogurt is 1 serving of dairy.
  • A serving of meat is the size of your palm.
  • 10 crackers or a handful of pretzels is 1 serving of grains.
Try This

Take out your favorite snack food and measure out a single serving. Is this less than you normally eat?

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