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Post-Viewing Sheet #1: What Is a Serving?

Note to Students:
You are going to estimate the amount of food that you eat and drink each day. In order to do this, you need to know what constitutes a serving. Please read the following chart carefully so you can accurately complete the worksheet.

What is a Serving?
Serving sizes are listed below. If you choose to eat double the amount of a serving size then you will need to list this as two servings. It is not necessary to have exact measures, but try to accurately estimate the amount of food you eat. The USDA suggests that you look at the main ingredients in your foods and then break it into food groups. As an example, a generous serving of cheese pizza, would be divided into the grain group (crust), the milk group (cheese) and the vegetable group (tomato).

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Food Groups
Breads, Cereal, Rice and Pasta
1 slice of bread 1 ounce of ready to-eat cereal 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta
1 cup of raw leafy vegetables 1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw 3/4 cup of vegetable juice
1 medium apple, banana, orange 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit 3/4 cup of fruit juice
Milk, Yogurt and Cheese
1 cup of milk or yogurt 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese 2 ounces of process cheese
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts
2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans or 1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or 1/3 cup of nuts count as 1 ounce of meat.

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