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Portion Distortion

The serving sizes listed on food labels can be maddening, especially for those of us who count carbs. Not only are these serving sizes often much smaller than the amounts we typically consume, they also come in grams, ounces, milliliters, pieces %u2014 all kinds of hard-to-gauge measurements. Sometimes, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

To add to the confusion, Nutrition Facts labels do not necessarily correspond with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) portion sizes. So it's hard to know how many servings of grains, fruits, veggies, and meat you are getting each day.

The following visual cues should help you guesstimate portions for some of the foods on your plate and in your pantry.

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