One quick look at your plate and you can tell if you’re eating a meal that will help you lower cancer risk. It’s simple. If at least two-thirds of your plate is filled with plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, and one-third or less contains fish, poultry, meat and dairy foods, that’s the proportion part of the New American Plate model. But portion size is equally important. Healthy, cancer-protective foods can be low or high in calories, so you need to know just how much of these foods fit on your plate.
“Practicing and Picturing Portions” is one of the most popular challenges in AICR’s free, online weight loss program, The New American Plate Challenge.
Here are four steps we encourage the Challengers to use for portion control:
|Cooked non-starchy vegetables (such as broccoli, carrots, greens)||1 cup||1 1/2- 3 portions daily|
|Fruit||one-half cup||3 - 4 portions daily (Limit 100% fruit juice to ½ cup daily)|
|Starchy vegetables (corn, potatoes, peas) and whole grains (bread, rice, pasta):||one-half cup||Women: 1-2 portions per meal
Men: 2-4 portions per meal
|Cooked beans, such as kidney, chickpea or lentils||one-half cup||1 portion at least 2 times per week (more if vegetarian)|
|Nuts||one-quarter cup||1/2 - 1 portion per day|
|Poultry, seafood, meat, cooked||3 ounces cooked|| Women: about 2 portions daily
Men: 2 portions - 2 1/2 portions daily
|Healthy oils (olive, canola etc)||1 teaspoon|| Women: 5-6 portions daily
Men: 6-7 portions daily
**Amounts based on 2010 US Dietary Guidelines, using daily calorie range of 1600 to 2400.
You can sign up for the New American Plate Challenge, 12 Weeks to a Healthier You here. It begins September 21 - a great time to start challenging yourself to better health.