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Plan a healthy plate

Over the years the portion sizes of foods served and eaten have increased and now often exceed recommended serving sizes. This can lead to portion distortion – which is the belief that the amount of food that is being served is an appropriate amount to eat.

plate of pastaIf you eat larger portions you could eat too many calories which can lead to weight gain and increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

One way to manage portions is to plan a healthy plate – start by filling half your plate with vegetables and fruit.

Choosing healthy food portions in the recommended serving sizes of food and drinks is an important step toward healthy eating. Use Canada’s Food Guide and build a healthy meal using the Eat Well Plate to learn how much food to eat every day.

For children and youth food guide servings vary with age:

Healthy Eating in the Community