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Healthy Eating for People With Heart Disease

How Much Is in a Serving?

When trying to coordinate an eating plan that's good for the heart, it may help to know how much of a certain kind of food is considered a "serving." The following table offers some examples.

SERVING SIZES

 

Food/amount

Serving/

exchange

The size of

 

1 cup cooked rice or pasta

2 starch

tennis ball

1 slice bread

1 starch

compact disc case

1 cup raw vegetables or fruit

1 fruit or vegetable

baseball

1/2 cup cooked vegetables or fruit

1 fruit or vegetable

cupcake wrapper full or size of ice cream scoop

1 ounce cheese

1 high-fat protein

pair of dice

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 fat**

half dollar

3 ounces cooked meat

3 protein

deck of cards

3 ounces tofu

1 protein

deck of cards

** Remember to count fat servings that may be added to food while cooking (oil for sautéing, butter, or shortening for baking)

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 20, 2013

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