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Size up the serving size
You may be getting more bread than you bargained for — as well as calories, sodium, sugar and carbs. Why? Because serving sizes on labels are established by manufacturers and aren’t regulated. For instance, thanks to portion distortion, individual slices of bread are getting bigger. “One slice used to be 30 g,” says Schwartz. “Now we’re seeing one slice getting up to 45 g or more, meaning eating two slices is actually like eating three.” And don’t be misled by a product’s package size. Take a ready-made container of soup: It’s marketed as a single portion for a meal on the go, but sometimes the serving size listed is for only half the can — so you’re getting two meals in one (and double the calories!).
Bottom line: Size matters. Don’t assume the size of the product or package is equal to the serving size listed on the label. Always check “servings per container.”