Westlake Wellness – Portion Distortion

By Elizabeth Beaumont
TIC Food Technology

Food is one of life’s everyday pleasures, providing valuable nutrients for growth, repair and maintenance of cells. It is a social activity which we do every day and enjoy.

Food is also the source of some of our most common non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers. Gaining an understanding of food and its role in long term health is essential as students grow into adults.

A common issue with food that runs alongside making healthy choices, is a lack of understanding of portion size and frequency – this is more often with treat foods as manufacturers market foods to sell more product and portion sizes grow to accommodate perceived value for money.

Below are some examples of portion sizes and actual serve size for comparison.

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