Healthy eating: keeping an eye on portion sizies

Fast food supersize options, huge popcorn tubs, fizzy drinks and ready meals - modern eating habits have led to rising obesity levels and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Here are some tips, provided by Heart Research UK, on how to keep portion sizes under control:


* It's easier than you may think to overat on protein. Aim for two portions a dayhealthy eating portion sizes - one portion being a matchbox-sized piece of cheese, one egg or three tablespoons of pulses.

* We need four to six portions of starchy foods a day - for example two tablespoons of cooked rice, pasta or noodes, or an egg-sized potato.

* Getting our five-a-day fruit and vegetables should be easy - the options are endless and include a slice of large fruit such as a melon, an apple or banana, two small fruits such as plums or a tablespoon of dried fruit.

* Then think about your meal as a whole. Cover at least a third of your plate in vegetables - they are colourful, filling, low in fat and high in fibre.

* Use smaller plates and stop eating when you are full. Finally, chill or freeze leftovers rather than having seconds.

For more information and advice about healthy living, contact Heart Research UK on 0113 297 6206 or email


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