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    I was making pancakes for breakfast this morning. Actually, I use a skillet and it is one large pancake. My daughter, Rachel, (the one the fruitflies) turns to me and says that it is too big and it is 4 serving sizes. Okay, so she's going to school for Culinary Arts, and she knows a bit about such matters. But to me, if I can eat it in one sitting, that is one serving size. Just like one box of Life Cereal equals one serving size. Who came up with this serving size stuff and on whom was it based - pigmys? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

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    that just means it has 4x the cals of one serving.

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    Food labels tell you how much fat and nutrients are in a certain amount of the food you're eating. That's what a serving is, and serving sizes are different for different foods and products. Simple as that.

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    They come up with serving sizes based on the FDA daily recommended intake of nutrients as based on a 2000 or 2200 calorie-per-day diet. Or at least, so I'm told. It may not seem very satisfying, but unless you have an unusually high metabolism, it's all you really need. You'd be surprised at how little food is needed to keep you alive. I think Americans just tend to overeat because we're compelled to all our lives - as children we cram down adult-sized meals and become accustomed to the intense feeling of satiation that goes along with eating too much. I once heard that people who overeat consistently wind up with disproportionately large stomachs because their meals stretch them out; no doubt having an oversized stomach leads to an oversized appetite.
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    A sickening number of companies fudge the serving size so their products appear to have less fat, fewer calories, etc at first glance.

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    yeh my family is definatly a overeating family, tehey expect me to eat huge amounts. If i over reat they complain, but if i even so much a stry to take less thannormal they complain and make comments. If i want to stay thin...


    i should move
    that makes no logic

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    Serving size doesn't have quite as much to do with required daily intake as the nutrition info does. Servings sizes vary, nutrition requirements are constant. On the food labels, they base all daily requirements on the premise that you need 2,000 calories a day, or a 2,000 calorie diet. The percentage you see next to the vitamins and stuff tells you how much each serving gives you relative to how much you need in a day. Say one glass of orange juice is a serving, and it gives you 90% of the vitamin C you need in a day and 30% of the calcium you need. That's how it works. Bad thing about some foods is that once they are cooked, their nutritional content can change, often deminishing many of the nutrients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Who came up with this serving size stuff and on whom was it based - pigmys?
    I agree Jim, the "official" serving size on most packets is ridiculous, even those mini packs of peanuts that they used to serve when you got on a plane were about 1 1/2 servings.

    Incidentally, I make my pancakes exactly the same way you do, one mega-flapjack that fills the pan. I only have to cook the one pancake, cover it in syrup and sit down to eat it. Why do the same work 4 times ? ? ? ?

    I think it's all decided by the oomba loombas, those little dudes that work for Willy Wonka.

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