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Too Much on Your Plate

Do you think that restaurants and fast food joints give you the right amount of food? If not, do you believe that they are giving to much or too little?Tune in.

Two conridactory billboards

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Two different billboards with two very different messages.

Ever notice how restaurants tend to serve you four or five times as much food as nutrition experts recommend?

For example, if you order a steak, you’ll probably get a nice, juicy, twelve-ounce piece of meat, though experts say that you shouldn’t eat more than five ounces of meat per all day.

These giant servings are partly due to the plate size. It seems that a lot of restaurants use over sized plates,  which actually leads to another factor.

When you’re paying for a meal, you expect those plates to be filled with food. However, if your five ounce steak arrives in the middle of that giant plate, you’re probably going to feel cheated.

Recently, people seem to be eating out more than ever. Some experts believe that this fact, combined with the large portions are contributing to the nation’s obesity problem.

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