1   Compared to 10 years ago, restaurant food portions...
   

LARGER — Restaurants have swapped 10 ˝- inch plates (once the industry standard) for 12-inch sizes. Fast food outlets feature gigantic "value meals" and "supersizes." Foreigners coming to this country express amazement at the amount of food served in American homes and eateries. Foods adopted from foreign countries like croissants and bagels have grown to double or triple their original size.

 
2   A standard serving of mashed potatoes is equal to...
   

1/2 BASEBALL — Standard serving sizes are determined by the USDA, they're not the same as portion sizes, which are the number of servings you actually eat. So, if you eat 1 cup of potatoes, you're getting 2 servings because the USDA designated serving is 1/2 cup.

 
3   A standard serving of vegetables is equal to...
   

1/2 BASEBALL — A standard serving of vegetables, cooked or raw, is the same size as half a baseball. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating five servings (two–and-a-half cups) of vegetables each day.

 
4   A standard serving of pasta is equal to...
   

1/2 BASEBALL — A standard serving of cooked pasta is half a cup. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating six servings (one ounce each) of bread, cereal, rice or pasta each day and to make half those grains whole.

 
5   A standard serving of ready-to-eat cereal is equal to...
   

1 BASEBALL — A standard serving of ready-to-eat cereal is one cup, the size of a baseball. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating six servings (one ounce each) of bread, cereal, rice or pasta each day and to make half those grains whole.

 
6   A standard serving of raw leafy vegetables like salad greens is equal to...
   

1 BASEBALL — A standard serving of raw leafy vegetables like salad greens is equal to one cup, the same size as a baseball. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating five servings (two-and-a-half cups) of vegetables each day.

 
7   A standard serving of fruit salad is equal to...
   

1/2 BASEBALL — A standard serving of fruit salad is equal to half a cup or half a baseball. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating four servings (two cups) of fruit each day.