Food Nutritional Information Label

What is the difference between a serving and a portion?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nutrition Facts label appears on most packaged foods (see Figure 1). It tells you how many calories and servings are in a box or can. The serving size varies from product to product.

A portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or at home. Sometimes the serving size and portion size match; sometimes they do not.

burger with fries

Diet Myth Busters: Fast foods are always an unhealthy choice. You should not eat them when dieting.

Truth: Many fast foods are unhealthy and over indulging in them will likely cause you to gain weight. However, you can eat fast food on occasion and simply choose menu options with care. Whether your are eating out, on-the-run, or at home the basic rules are the same: choose healthy foods that are nutrient rich, low in calories, and small in portion size.

Sweet Potatoes

Counting your carbs? Miss bread? Try this sweet potato toast recipe!

When you think of sweet potatoes and yams you probably think “CARBS! NO THANK YOU!” but even Dr. Atkins allowed them on his low-carb diet plan so before you rule them out, check your own diet because you may be surprised to find that because they are a “superfood” you can have them on your own plan. Sweet potatoes are delicious by themselves, or when served as part of a meal and can also be substituted in virtually any recipe that calls for apples, squash or white potatoes.