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How Much is Too Much? Understanding Portion Sizes

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How Much is Too Much? Understanding Portion Sizes

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, determining how much food is just enough for you plays an important role. CCH breaks down how you can figure out just how much is enough for you and your body.

Vegetables - 2.5 Cups

Try to have a variety of different colorful vegetables to your diet to ensure you maximize the amount of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Dark leafy greens are always an excellent addition to your plate as they are high in vitamins and water content.

Fruit - 2 cups

There is a wide variety of fruits that are available that are rich in essential vitamins and dietary fiber. Depending on which ones you pick, they also help you to hydrate due to their high water content. Fresh, frozen, and canned fruits are all feasible options.

Protein - 5.5 ounces

Your body uses proteins for growth, repair, and to power chemical reactions throughout the body. Try to change up your sources of protein in your diet. This can include poultry, lean meats, seafood, eggs, and nuts.

Grains - 6 ounces

Grains, especially whole grains, are an important source of essential vitamins and nutrients in your diet. They supply your body with several B vitamins, dietary fiber, iron, and other minerals.

Dairy - 3 Cups

Dairy products like milks and cheeses are an excellent source of calcium, which helps to support your bone health. Opt for low-fat or fat-free dairy products to control your saturated fat intake.

Limit the Following

While these foods are fine in moderation, it is important to drink and eat less of the following:

  • Sodium: No more than 2,300 mg per day.
  • Added sugars: No more than 50 g per day.
  • Saturated fats: No more than 22 g per day.
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