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Wellness Tip

Do you still “super-size” your French Fries?

In 1955, McDonald’s introduced a new porduct line called the French Fry. The original weighed in at 2.4 ounces and had 210 calories. Today, that original  product is known as a small order of fries, and is usually overlooked for the super-size, at  7.1 ounce and 610 calories.

Even more, the largest order of French Fries in the United States is a whopping 37 percent larger than the largest size available in the United Kingdom.

Consider how portion sizes of some other common foods have grown over the past 40 or so years:

  • From 1982 to 2002, the average pizza slice grew 70 percent in calories.
  • The average Chicken Caesar salad doubled in calories.
  • The average chocolate chip cookie quadrupled in calories.
  • Portion sizes can be anywhere from two to eight times larger than USDA or FDA recommended serving sizes. 
  • Our plates have grown to hold all those portions, too. The surface area of the average dinner plate expanded by 36 percent between 1960 and 2007.

Take the portion control quiz to see if you can tell the difference between what we are served today compared to what was available 20 years ago.

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