Did you know that by law serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating? The serving sizes are not based on what people should be eating.
Most people tend to eat or drink more than the current serving sizes on the labels. For example, a 20 ounce soda is currently 2.5 servings. Most people consume the entire soda in one sitting. The updated nutrition facts will label the calories and other nutrients on that 20 ounce soda as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.
Look for serving sizes to be bigger. Just because the serving sizes will be bigger does not mean we should be eating the entire package in one sitting. We need to know what we need to consume at one sitting.
One method we can use is based on the size of your hands. Protein intake for one meal should be the size of the palm of your hand. Carbohydrates (starch and fruit) like bread, pasta, cereal, or rice should be the size of your fist. For vegetables, choose as much as you can hold in both hands. Fat consumption should be about the size of your thumb. Be conscious of what you are drinking. Water, tea, and coffee have no calories.
The new labels have to be in use by July 26, 2018. The updated information may make it easier for us to know how many calories we are consuming but it is our responsibility to know how much food we need to eat at one sitting.