Food Label Frenzy: Easy Serving Sizes

If you love potato chips, you’ll be glad to know they only have 15 grams of carbohydrates in 1 serving – but did you know 1 “serving” is 1 oz, not the entire bag. That’s just 15 chips!

Food companies often minimize calories, carbs, and sugar by listing nutritional facts of one serving size on the package but include many servings inside. Paying attention to serving sizes is an easy way to manage portion control and eat healthier.

Here are some other tricky serving size examples:

  • A 1 oz. bag of almonds holds 28 nuts but 6 nuts is a serving size.
  • An English muffin looks like one serving but often, half the muffin is a serving.
  • A single serving of whole wheat pasta is only 2 oz. but 7 servings come in a package.
  • Raisins come in ¼ cup boxes but a serving is only 2 tablespoons.

 Single Serving Sizes

When you go shopping this week, check out the labels. What are the craziest serving sizes you find? Are there any foods that you will eat less now that you read the serving size and nutritional information?

Share them in the comments below!

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