Larger portions have more calories, obviously. But they also encourage people to eat more than they otherwise would and to underestimate how much food they're actually consuming.
I've just agreed to write a Q&A column, Nutritionist's Notebook, for New York University's student newspaper, the Washington Square News (WSN). The columns will appear on Tuesday. This first one was published on February 22.
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This week, WSN welcomes professor-columnist Marion Nestle. A Paulette Goddard professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU, Nestle also co-authored the recently published book Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics. Each week, she will answer student questions about nutrition, health, and food.
What is the importance of size in our portions? What is the best way to judge portions when going out to dinner?
Easy. Large portions make you eat more. If I could teach just one thing about nutrition, it would be this: Larger portions have more calories. Funny? Portion size is anything but obvious. Research repeatedly confirms that larger food servings not only provide more calories but also have two other effects. They encourage people to eat more and to underestimate how much they are eating.