Portion Distortion

Portions at restaurants and at home have increased in size over the past decades and super-size options seem to be everywhere we go.

Did you know that a small order of french fries at a fast food restaurant used to be the only size on the menu? Now you can get more than twice the number of fries for just a little bit more money.

Check out the list below to see how food portions have changed in the last two decades and how many extra calories we get from today’s foods.

Bagels

20 Years Ago
140 calories
3-inch diameter

Today
Panera’s Cinnamon Crunch Bagel
430 calories
6-inch diameter

Calorie Difference: 290 calories

 

Cheeseburgers

20 Years Ago
330 calories
3-inch diameter

Today
McDonald's Big Mac
540 calories

Calorie Difference: 210 calories

 

Two Pepperoni Pizza Slices

20 Years Ago
210 calories
1.5 ounces

Today
Papa John's Large Original Crust
660 calories
6 ounces

Calorie Difference: 450 calories

 

Soda

20 Years Ago
85 calories
6.5 ounces

Today
Papa John's Large Original Crust
250 calories
20 ounces

Calorie Difference: 165 calories

 

Blueberry Muffin

20 Years Ago
210 calories
1.5 ounces

Today
Panera’s Blueberry Muffin
440 calories
4.5 ounces

Calorie Difference: 230 calories

 

Coffee

20 Years Ago
Coffee with 2 tbsp of whole milk
25 calories
12 ounces

Today
Starbucks' Venti Cinnamon Dolce Latte (No Whipped Cream)
340 calories
20 ounces

Calorie Difference: 315 calories

As you can see, not only have portion sizes gotten bigger, but we have also added extra flavoring, sugars, salt, and preservatives to many foods today.

Consider this – perhaps instead of eating your deal meal all in one sitting, you could make your money go even farther by saving half of your meal for later. Or what about sharing with someone else? Again, you are saving yourself money and calories!

  • Last Reviewed: December 17, 2013
  • Last Edited: December 20, 2013

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