A typical half-cup portion might seem meager to some pasta lovers, especially if you're trying to steer clear of high carbohydrate diets. But if you're watching your weight -- or just trying to eat nutritiously -- it's important to be aware of what constitutes a "serving." (Then you can make a fully informed decision about how many servings to serve yourself!)

Here are sample serving sizes:

  • 1 serving from the BREAD, CEREAL, RICE and PASTA group: 1/2 cooked pasta or rice, 1 slice of bread, 1 small roll or biscuit, 1/2 cup cooked cereal, 1 ounce ready-to-eat cereal.
  • 1 serving from the MILK, YOGURT and CHEESE group: 1 cup of milk, 8 ounces yogurt, 1.5 ounces processed cheese.
  • 1 serving from the MEAT, POULTRY, FISH, DRY BEANS, EGGS AND NUTS group: Approximately 3 ounces of lean meat, chicken (skin removed) or fish; 1 egg, 1/2 cup cooked beans.