Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Food Portion Sizes

If you've ever had a meal out-to-eat with me you've heard me complain about the portion size of food served at restaurants; it's disgusting!

Please join me in a campaign to halve serving sizes at restaurants. We, as a society, need to end this gluttonous reign of Fat Ugly Americans (myself included) pigging out on 1lb+ entree sizes, for under $0.10. Guess what people, "more for your money" is exactly what you do NOT want when dining out.

The next time you dine out, ask for half of what you want to order. If the restaurant can accommodate, you'll feel much better after the meal; I guarantee it. If the restaurant cannot accommodate, at least you've made the point that you'd prefer a portion more fit for human consumption. When a restaurant tells me "we can't do half portions of that" I make some comment about how I'd appreciate it if they'd simply cut the portion down altogether and just charge me the full-plate price; again, trying to make the point.

Of course there are exceptions to this rule. There are restaurants that serve too little for the price, but like I said, they're exceptions; let's leave them alone for now and solve that problem another time.

One of the only ways I see restaurants cutting back is if we, consumers, demand it.

A quick plug for a newsletter I've been receiving for over a decade now. A nice, balanced, view into diet and nutrition in the U.S.; Nutrition Action published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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