Comparing Apples to Apples
The Fall is such a special time of year for so many reasons. One reason I love the Fall is for the sweet and delicious array of apples. A visit to the local apple orchard is a must at our house this time of year. I could eat apples all day long!
With so many wonderful apples to choose, can you spot a difference between this apple…
And this apple?
Up close there isn’t much of a difference. When we look at all three apples placed together we see quite a difference. The size of the apples range from small to very large. One serving of apple is about 1/2 cup, or about the size of a tennis ball. A very large apple can often be as much as 2-3 servings.
Eating a couple servings of fruit is overall a wonderful option. The photo demonstration is an example of how a single piece of fruit can often be more than one serving. Such a big piece of fruit supports a healthy goal of eating couple servings of fruit a day.
On the other hand, the idea that one piece of fruit contains more than one serving can get muddled for one seeking weight loss. Eating a few pieces of large fruit may contribute to 6 or more servings of fruit. If mistaken as a single serving, the calories the large fruit carries may go unnoticed.
We are often informed of portions when it comes to French fries, chips, and ice cream – the less healthy options. It’s easy to neglect to account for extra servings from wonderful, healthful food sources such as fruit, nuts, and grains. This doesn’t mean to avoid that delicious extra large piece of fruit in the day. It’s a matter of acknowledging the serving size and appropriately figuring it into the day.