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Portion Distortion

Can You Guess It??

This photo was featured in the April 2012 NEBLINE Newsletter

April Can You Guess It

ANSWER: Spaghetti with sauce and meatball showing portion distortion

On left: 20 years ago, an average portion was 1 cup spaghetti with sauce and 3 small meatballs (500 calories)

On right: Today, an average portion is 2 cups spaghetti with sauce and 3 small meatballs (1,025 calories)

There are 525 more calories in today's average portion! It would take housecleaning for 2 hours and 35 minutes to burn approximately 525 calories (based on 130-pound person).

Larger portions add up. Just 100 extra calories per day can lead to a weight gain of 10 pounds per year. Maintaining a healthy weight is a balancing act … balance calories in with calories out.

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