Many Canadians dont know what constitutes a proper food serving. Do you?
Supersized foods make for supersized Canadians.
A new study from York University suggests that the average Canadian doesn’t know how much food they’re supposed to eat—so even if we’re being mindful of what we eat, chances are we’re overeating.
Consider these increases in serving size over recent years:
What’s more, past research shows 69 percent of people will finish what’s on their plate, no matter the size. For example, most people don’t realize that a typical 8 oz (227 g) steak exceeds the recommended daily intake for meat and alternatives—let alone the 12 oz and beyond options!
According to the study, many Canadians overestimate the size of one serving as defined in Canada’s Food Guide. Often, participants within the recent York study assumed one serving referred to the amount they would normally eat at one time. The majority of participants, after referring to the Canada Food Guide, mistakenly believed they would have to increase their food consumption by about 400 calories.
What is a serving?
How much should we be eating?
Daily recommended servings for the average adult
Vegetables and fruit
7 to 10
6 to 8
2 to 3
Meat and alternatives
2 to 3
For more information on recommended daily food intake, read Canada’s Food Guide.
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