What’s a normal serving size?

Researchers examined whether large servings of food skew your sense of what’s typical

In a 2019 study, Dutch researchers served 132 women either a small portion of lasagna (with about 290 calories) or a large portion (with 875 calories) for lunch.

The next day, the participants were told to eat as much as they wanted from a family-sized lasagna (with 1,585 calories) for lunch. Those who had been served the smaller portion of lasagna on the first day ate 620 calories’ worth of lasagna on the second day. Those who had been served the larger portion on the first day ate 765 calories’ worth.

What to do: Don’t let huge restaurant servings taint your sense of what’s normal. Take home the excess.

The information in this article first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.

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