Watching your serving sizes can help you keep the complications of diabetes in check. A dietitian or certified diabetes educator can tell you how many servings from each food group you should eat per day.
How much is a serving size? You'll find a list below, based on food groups. If you eat a larger portion, count it as more than one serving.
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For example, a portion of rice using the chart below is 1/3 cup. The amount you eat may be 1 cup. This would count as three servings from the breads and starch group.
Fruits Serving Sizes
1 small apple, orange, or pear
1/2 cup chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
Vegetables Serving Sizes
1 cup raw leafy vegetables
1/2 cup other vegetables cooked, raw (chopped), or canned
1/2 cup vegetable juice
Bread, Cereal, Rice, Starchy Vegetables, and Pasta Serving Sizes
1 slice of bread
1/2 English muffin, bun, small bagel, or pita bread
1 6-inch tortilla
2 rice cakes
1 ounce ready-to-eat cereal
1/2 cup cooked cereal, pasta, or bulgur
1/3 cup cooked rice
1 small potato or 1/2 large potato
1/2 cup sweet potatoes or yams
1/2 cup corn kernels or other starchy vegetables such as winter squash, peas, or lima beans