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Portion Size Matters

Here’s a quick guide to food portion sizes using everyday objects.

  • Small Stamp = 1 teaspoon
  • 9-Volt Battery = 1 tablespoon
  • Golf Ball = 2 tablespoons
  • Deck of Cards = 3 ounces
  • Computer Mouse = 1/2 cup
  • Baseball = 1 cup
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A “serving” is the amount of food recommended to eat. A “portion” is the amount of food you choose to eat at any one time – which may be more or less than a serving.

Really, what size are your food portions? To see how much you are actually eating, pour your cereal into a regular bowl and then into a measuring cup. Do the same with you glasses, cups and plates.

Download your own Portion Size Pocket Guide. For more information, visit

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