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A Heart-Healthy Diet

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How Much Is a Serving?

When you're trying to follow an eating plan that's good for your 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

1/2 cup cooked rice or pasta

1 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

fist

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 or cassette tape

3 ounces tofu

1 protein

deck of cards or cassette tape

** Remember to count fat servings that may be added to food while cooking, such as oil, butter, or shortening.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD on July 02, 2012
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