According to the Obesity Action Coalition, 93 million Americans are obese, and low-income populations are more likely to be overweight. Sadly, the reality is that casseroles, pastas, and foods heavy in carbohydrates are considerably less expensive than say buying organic fruits and vegetables. It is very easy to fall into the trap of buying the less expensive foods in bulk, cooking more than we need to cook, and as a result eating more than we should.
Differences in Portion Size and Serving Size” Portion size is the amount of a single food item served in a single eating occasion, such as a meal or a snack.Many people confuse portion size with serving size, which is a standardized unit of measuring foods—for example, a cup or ounce—used in dietary guidance, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Portion size is the amount offered to a person in a restaurant, the amount offered in the packaging of prepared foods, or the amount a person chooses to put on his or her plate.For example, bagels or muffins are often sold in sizes that constitute at least 2 servings, but consumers often eat the whole thing, thinking that they have eaten 1 serving. They do not realize that they have selected a large portion size that was more than 1 serving.” Source: CDC.gov
By eating recommended portions of food, and not overcooking, we not only cut back on our grocery bill, but we can cut back on our waist (and waste!) line as well.
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