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What’s your portion IQ?

Test your portion IQ: Wheel of Portion quiz

With portion sizes so big these days, it is hard to get a handle on how much food constitutes a normal portion.

Question: How much soda comes in a small cup?

Answer: It depends on the year!

When Burger King first opened in the mid 1950s, a small soda was 12 oz and a large was 16 oz. Today the 12 oz is called kiddie and the 16 oz is called small. What was once labeled  large is now called small. Confused? No surprise. And you can even get a 42 oz size.

When I wrote my book The Portion Teller Plan, I created a lengthy quiz, Wheel of Portion, to test your knowledge of portion sizes.  It is a great way to get a handle on how big portions have become and can help you learn to scale back.

Here is a sampling of questions from the quiz. Enjoy!

A typical deli/bakery bagel is equal to approximately _____ slices of bread (and servings of grains.).

a.  2

b.  3

c.  5

d.  8

correct answer: c

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A take-out order of your favorite Chinese food comes with a side of rice. How many cups does that portion of rice contain?

a.  ½ cup

b.  1 cup

c.  2 cups

d.  3 cups

correct answer: c

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How many standard grain servings are in that side of rice?

a.  1

b.  2

c.  3

d.  4

e.  6

correct answer: d

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All of the following are ways to cut down your intake of meat while dining in a restaurant except:

a.  sharing a meat entrée with a friend

b.  ordering an extra portion of “sides” such as vegetables and baked potato

c.  just ordering off the menu without making special requests

d.  ordering two entrees—one meat entrée and one vegetarian entrée—and a large salad and splitting them several ways

correct answer: c

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1/2 cup serving of cooked rice or pasta looks like:

a.  a golf ball

b.  ½ baseball

c. a baseball

d.  a walnut

correct answer: b

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For lunch, Jane ate a turkey sandwich (3 oz turkey on 2 slices rye bread), a cup of vegetable soup, and an apple. Her lunch included…

a. 1 serving from the grain group, 1 serving from the meat group, 1 serving from the vegetable group and 1 serving from the fruit group

b. 2 servings from the grain group, 1 serving from the meat group, 1 serving from the vegetable group and 1 serving from the fruit group

c. 3 servings from the grain group, two serving from the meat group, 1 serving from the vegetable group and 1 serving from the fruit group

correct answer: b

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A 1 oz serving of ready-to-eat (cold) cereal translates into approximately:

a. 1 cup cheerios

b. 1/4 cup granola

c. 2 cups puffed rice

d. all of the above

e. a and c

correct answer: d

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A pint of orange juice contains ___  oz?

a.       4

b.      8

c.       12

d.      16

e.       20

correct answer: d

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Your friend drank a pint of orange juice for breakfast. This translates into how many fruit servings:

a.       1, after all, it is 1 pint

b.   2

c.   almost 3

d.   4

correct answer: c

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