The American Institute For Cancer Research (AICR) recently introduced its latest program "The New American Plate" in response to the confusion surrounding food, weight loss and portion sizes. In a survey conducted for AICR, 78 percent of adults said that eating certain types of food is more important than eating less food when trying to lose weight. In the same survey, only one percent of the respondents could answer questions about serving sizes correctly. "The New American Plate" program advises people to focus on proportion and portion size when preparing meals at home or ordering them at restaurants. So what should be on your plate? Dietitians agree that vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans should cover two-thirds (or more) of the plate while animal-source foods should cover one-third (or less). The program also encourages people to learn about standard serving sizes and to "eyeball" what's on their plate to see how it measures up. For example, 3 ounces of meat or poultry should resemble the size of a deck of cards. A half-cup portion of pasta, rice or cooked cereal should be about the same size as half a baseball. To download a free copy of The New American Plate brochure link here - www.aicr.org/NAPbook.htm
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