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Perfect Plate Size

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Deborah Engelsman

Studies show that when an equal amount of food is presented on a large and a small plate, we perceive the larger plate as holding less food than the smaller plate. How big is too big? A plate should be 9 to 10 inches in diameter. But today many are 12 to 14 inches. With 40 percent more room on your plate, it's easy to overeat. Also keep in mind that half of the plate should be vegetables (about 1 cup), a quarter of the plate should be lean meats (4 ounces), and another quarter should be whole grains (1/2 cup).

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