Diabetes Forecast

Serving Sizes

An important aspect of managing diabetes is learning what to eat—and how much. But the monstrous meals restaurants dish up have distorted Americans' sense of what a single serving should look like. Case in point: Instead of the football-sized portion of pasta you're likely to get at an Italian eatery, a true serving should be closer to the size of your clenched fist. Understanding and remembering the serving sizes for various foods will help you better gauge how much you should be eating to maintain blood glucose control.

3 oz. of beef, chicken, or fish = deck of cards or the palm of a woman's hand

1 oz. of cheese = 4 dice

½ cup of vegetables = half a tennis ball

1 cup of broccoli = 1 lightbulb

1 cup of pasta or rice = clenched fist



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