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June 22, 2011 at 1:31 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Diet Portions of Mad Men


In the ‘60’s there was a book written called The Ugly American, if that book were to be written today it would have to be called The Obese American. We have super-sized our meals until we now are the super-sized.  Our portions have completely gotten out of hand. As an example a slice of carrot cake at the Cheesecake Factory contains a whopping 1,560 calories. The reason our meals contain so many calories is that the portion size has grown by leaps and bound. That carrot cake was a 14 oz piece! So we are going to be concerned not so much by calories but by portion size.

Here are some did-you-knows that are eye openers!

  • American’s are getting bigger. Since 1960 till 2000 we gained only an inch in height but 25 pounds in weight!
  • Yankee Stadium was built in the 1920’s with 82,000 seats; the remodeled version has only 49,000 seats.
  • In just three years, the exact same chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the semi-sweet chocolate bag went from making 100 cookies to 60 cookies.
  • A bagel in 1960 was the size of a yoyo. Now the average bagel is 21/2 to 3 times that size.
  • A single serving potato chip bag was 1 ounce in the 60’s. Now a single serving size is somewhere between 2-4 ounces.

Here are some common portion size differences between 1960 and 2000.

  • Muffin                         then 2-3 ounces                           now 5-7 ounces
  • Coca-Cola bottle         then 6.5 fluid ounces                  now 20 fluid ounces
  • Pasta entrée                 then 1.5 cups                               now 3 cups
  • Chocolate Bar             then 1 ounce                                now 1.5-8 ounces

There is a huge difference between serving size, using the food pyramid guidelines and the portions that we put on our plates.

A bread serving would be 1/6 of a bagel or a muffin.           

Let’s look at the calorie difference between a regular and super size of a few common foods.

         Soft Drink                               8 oz. 100 calories                    20 oz. 250 calories

         Hamburger Burger King            small 2.4 ounces                      Double Whopper

                                                      320 calories                             920 calories

         Vanilla Ice Cream                    270 calories                             810 calories

         Hagen-Dazs                            1 scoop – ½ cup                      3 scoops – 1 1/2 cups

         French Fries McDonald’s       Small 210 calories                   Large 540 calories

         Popcorn – Movie Theatre        Small 7 cups 400 calories        Large 20 C. 1160 cal.

Is there any wonder why we weigh 25 pounds more than we used to?  As far as our health is concerned, bigger is not better in regards to portion size.

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1 Comment

  • Well stated! Portion size does matter! But that foot long sub is so tasty how can anyone resist?

    A few weeks ago I purchased a kids meal at McDonalds. I was surprised to see I got a small bag of apple slices and about 10 fries came with my meal. I was happy actually, about the fries because that's all I really wanted to eat - but if the serving size would have been bigger I know I would have eaten more than just ten. Just because they were on my plate!

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