Health experts reveal recommended portion sizes for favourite foods – here’s how many pizza slices you should be eating

Health experts reveal recommended portion sizes for favourite foods – here’s how many pizza slices you should be eating

CHEESE fans were left shocked after healthcare firm Bupa recently revealed the recommended serving.

The Instagram post went viral as ­people were horrified by the 30g portion, which is roughly the size of a small matchbox.

Health experts reveal recommended portion sizes for favourite foods – here’s how many pizza slices you should be eating

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We reveal the big contrast between typical sizes and their ‘healthy’ equivalentCredit: Getty
Bupa revealed their recommended portion of cheese - and it is not a lot

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Bupa revealed their recommended portion of cheese – and it is not a lotCredit: BUPA/X

Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell agrees that the amount may look small but says Bupa is correct in its sizing.

She explains: “This matchbox size portion ­provides 125 calories and 10.5g of fat.

“The reason for the shocked reaction to this portion is down to steady ‘portion creep’, which has seen weights of everything expand over recent decades.”

And cheddar is not the only thing we get portion ­control wrong on.

Here, we reveal the big contrast between typical sizes and their “healthy” equivalent.

Belgian chocolate cake

A recommended chocolate cake slice is just over half a typical portion

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A recommended chocolate cake slice is just over half a typical portion
  • TYPICAL: Big slice (100g) – 447 calories
  • HEALTHY: Small  slice  (55g) – 244 calories

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Stick to just two scoops of ice cream instead of three

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Stick to just two scoops of ice cream instead of three
  • TYPICAL: Three scoops – 360 calories
  • HEALTHY: Two scoops – 240 calories
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Cheese tortilla chips

A small amount of tortilla chips is advised as a recommended portion

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A small amount of tortilla chips is advised as a recommended portion
  • TYPICAL: 50g – 248 calories
  • HEALTHY: 25g – 124 calories

Oven chips, mayo and ketchup

Trim down everything from chips to the condiments

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Trim down everything from chips to the condiments
  • TYPICAL: Chips 250g, ketchup 30g, mayo 28g – 710 calories
  • HEALTHY: Chips 150g, ketchup 15g, mayo 14g – 403 calories

Coronation chicken

Exactly half the recommended amount is advised

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Exactly half the recommended amount is advised
  • TYPICAL: Four tablespoons – 218 calories
  • HEALTHY: Two tablespoons – 109 calories

Heinz baked beans

Just consume half the tin of baked beans instead of the whole can

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Just consume half the tin of baked beans instead of the whole can
  • TYPICAL: Most of the tin (310g) – 242 calories
  • HEALTHY: Half tin (207g) – 162 calories

Jelly babies

Advvice says show restraint and eat only four jelly babies at a time

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Advvice says show restraint and eat only four jelly babies at a time
  • TYPICAL: Ten Jelly Babies – 217 calories
  • HEALTHY: Four Jelly Babies – 87 calories

Spaghetti, pesto & parmesan

Cut down all round to get this meal down to under 500 calories

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Cut down all round to get this meal down to under 500 calories
  • TYPICAL: Cooked pasta 250g, pesto 96g and Parmesan 20g – 839 calories
  • HEALTHY: Cooked pasta 170g, pesto 48g and Parmesan 10g – 499 calories

King prawn pasta

Just consume half the pack of king prawn pasta

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Just consume half the pack of king prawn pasta
  • TYPICAL: Whole pack (300g) – 958 calories
  • HEALTHY: Half pack (150g) – 479 calories

Pepperoni pasta

Find someone to share your piza with instead of eating it all

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Find someone to share your piza with instead of eating it all
  • TYPICAL: Entire pizza (385g) – 1,170 calories
  • HEALTHY: A third of pizza (128g) – 390 calories

Sirloin steak

A healthy portion of steak is said to be just 3.5oz

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A healthy portion of steak is said to be just 3.5oz
  • TYPICAL: 8oz (225g) – 619 calories
  • HEALTHY: 3.5oz (100g) – 275 calories

Strawberry jam

Spread a thin amount of jam on your toast to keep the calories down

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Spread a thin amount of jam on your toast to keep the calories down
  • TYPICAL: 30g portion – 76 calories
  • HEALTHY: 15g portion – 38 calories

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