FDA Serving Size

Stars.  They really aren’t at all like us.  Nor is their portion size.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

InStyle magazine recently asked Jennifer Aniston what she eats when she feels stressed.  Ready?  One potato chip.  I prefer Bill Murray’s approach: which is that any pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough and believe in yourself.  For those of us who could argue that any potato chip bag is a single serving, it does make you wonder: who determines what a serving size is, and based on what?

Well, the FDA defines the reference amounts customarily consumed (RACC) to determine the serving size that you see on the nutrition facts panel on a food label.  RACCs are based on how much food people actually eat, not on how much a nutritionist would say you should eat, and as you can imagine, the RACCs have expanded over time.  Much like my waistband.  And one bag may contain more than one serving.  Even so, I’m not sharing any of my chips with Jennifer Aniston.

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