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Tedib is asking: (2 answers)
How much is a "serving" in terms of real portion size,i.e., 1/2 cup, 1 cup? I know that the term is used to describe dividing up the whole dish; but when looking at the calorie and fat content, it's impossible to tell the actual size of that portion. Thanks for any help!

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Last updated: Feb. 4, 2013 11:30 am
Posted: Feb. 4, 2013 6:13 am
Answered by: Bibi
Feb. 4, 2013 6:41 am
I have often wished that, Tedib, and not just for this site. It would be so helpful for recipe authors to specify, especially soups and stews.
Answered by: Indiana Peggy
Feb. 4, 2013 6:45 am
I think the only way to know how big a serving is on a recipe that doesn't state the size of the serving is to actually divide the dish into the number of servings it says (for example 12 pieces) and then see how big each piece is. Or like a casserole that says 8 servings: you'd have to measure out 8 equal portions and then see how big each one is. If I make a casserole and serve six people equally with it, each serving would be 1/6 of the total calories and fat. But if I serve 8 equally, each serving is 1/8 of the total. No standardization. Just whatvever the cook wants to say. ......... Sorry for such a long answer. I hope this helps!
Indiana Peggy
Feb. 4, 2013 6:49 am
The serving size depends so much on what it a serving of rich dense cheesecake might be 1/12th of the pie. A serving of a lighter fluffier pie might be only 1/5 of the pie. So it would be hard to have a standard serving size for a pie, for example. I could not eat 1/5 of a cheesecake!
Feb. 4, 2013 7:40 am
This is a good site to see what the medical community considers a portion/serving.
Feb. 4, 2013 9:56 am
Thanks everyone. Basically, what I've been doing is looking at other things like fat content and Kcals to determine whether or not to save a recipe or change it and still have it taste good. That said, listing the actual portion size instead of dividing up the recipe into fractions would be a nice addition.
Thisni Caza
Feb. 4, 2013 11:30 am
I really struggle with that. Especially since when I cook for myself, I eat a lot of one-pot dishes and soups and such. Often on packaged soups, they state one cup as a serving. So that might be a serving if I was having soup and sandwich for lunch, but when I'm having 'soup' (or stew or whatever) and a piece of fruit for dinner, I eat way more than one measuring cup!
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