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The challenge with portion sizes

Watch Simone talk about portion size, and how different serving sizes can often be misleading and can lead to overeating.

Watch Simone talk about portion size, and how different serving sizes can often be misleading and can lead to overeating.

Food labels are an important part of understanding portion sizes and what ingredients are included in foods. When looking to understand how foods can affect health and potentially be used in prevention and treatment of illness, understanding their content is important.

‘Serve’ and ‘portions’ may have different meanings in different countries

In Australia and US a serve is a standard size of a food, usually referred to in government guidelines, while a portion is the size of food you eat e.g. a portion of pasta may have three serves in it. While in the UK it seems that they use the term ‘portion’ as a measure of size of food.

Requirements for food labels may differ around the world

You may like to find out more about food labelling in Australia, USA and UK, or learn about some healthy cooking tips.

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