Is a portion the same as a serving?

my plate usdaI keep hearing about portion control. What is a portion? Is that the same as a serving? A serving and a portion can be two different things.

The serving size is a standard, recommended amount of a food. For example, adults are recommended to have 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

A portion is the amount you eat at one time. This may be more than the recommended amount. One restaurant may have a larger portion of orange juice than another, and is likely larger than the recommended 4-ounce serving.

And portion control? We are rather terrible at it in the United States. We are experiencing “portion distortion,” where we are eating much greater amounts of food than needed in one sitting One factor at work is the size of our dishes.

Since the 1960s, the size of a standard dinner plate, bowl and glass has increased greatly. With larger dishes, we are serving ourselves more. We don’t like to have empty spaces on our plate or a glass half-empty! We should ditch our membership to the “clean plate club” and start using our salad plates for dinner. Read the full story at