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Supersized bread...

Made myself a PB&J last night. My wife bought some new bread, and the loaf looked tiny- the bread slices were only like 4"x4". I was kinda dissapointed- there's no way this will fill me up, I thought. I've gotten used to the new "giant loaves".

Then, it hit me- this is the size bread was when I was a kid. This is the size of the old standard bread loaf. The new loaves are like half again as big. That's pretty crazy- I mean, talk about problems with portion control.

Anyone else notice any super-sized staples- things that used to be a lot smaller than they are today?

Thu. Jun 7, 12:57pm

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Candy bars are being supersized...

Soda/Pop... I think that the new "1/2 cans" are actually the size of the tiny glass bottles of old--but we've become so accustomed to seeing the 20 oz. bottles or 1 liter or 2 liter bottles that the tiny cans seem child sized...

Pizza - who orders a "small" any more? Most places Start at the size of "medium" and the "regular" size you can order "to go" is usually a "large".

Meals at a restaurant...(I was given a true dose of how "American" our portions are when I had to help someone from Russia acclimate to the U.S.--I took him to the Ground Round restaurant, where we ordered a serving of pot roast. When it came, his eyes grew as big as saucers-- according to him, the restaurant's version of a single dinner was the size of a family styled platter in his house.)

Fruit and veggies - I have recently started buying more organic fruits and veggies at the Whole Foods market-- now, when I go to a "regular" grocery store, the non-organic fruits and veggies look at least 150% the size and seem to be grossly out of proportion.... Not only that, the larger sized fruits and veggies seem to have lost their full flavor as well.

Chicken and turkeys-- again, organic/amish farmed look way smaller than the "non-organic" poultry.

Great Thread by the way.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 1:13 PM

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Fruit, for sure, including even the organic stuff -- it's being bred larger and larger.

I was making my grandmother's recipe for apple dumplings -- not a diet food, mind you! -- which calls for dough to be wrapped around apples and baked. Well, the recipe was for 6 apples, but there was (a) no way that amount of dough would cover 6 apples, and (b) no way 6 apples would fit in the size pan recommended in the recipe! I ended up doubling the amount of dough to cover all the apples. (recipe must be from around 1900)

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 1:28 PM

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I got a taste of what supersizing really means when I visited my wife's hometown recently- we stopped at a diner (the rainbow- very tasty food!), and we both ordered cheesburgers with fries and a coke.

What came out was the size of a kiddie-meal- 8oz coke, smallish cheeseburger and a very small fries. I was puzzled for a minute and then I realized that the diner had been serving their cheesburger meal the same way for over 50 years- this was an adult-sized meal in the 50's through the 70's...

What's even funnier is that I was totally full after eating- when I first saw it, I thought "there's just no way this little thing is gonna be enough"- turns out, it was plenty. Figure I need to start ordering off the kiddie menu...

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 1:47 PM

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My hubby and I have taken to ordering "sampler plates" at some restaurants and then 1 of us orders either a bowl of soup or a salad-- that way, we can share the "big meal" and still get satisfied (but not over stuffed!)

We get around the plate sharing charge by having 1 of us order something lighter and we don't ask for an extra plate...

Most sampler combination plates are huge!

We not only save our bellies, we also save some cash this way,

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:17 PM

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My husband buys great big whole grain bread - healthy, but huge! 120 cals per slice! I buy "light" whole grain bread. Still healthy, way smaller, and 45 cals per slice! He's always trying to get more calories, and I'm trying for less, so buying 2 different sizes/types works best for us!

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:28 PM

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I was out with friends recently at a restaurant....6 of us....and some decided they wanted dessert and decided to split a serving of chocolate cake. The serving was HUGE ...and we all pitched in and had some. When we were done there was leftover cake....and none of us are of the "no eating" persuasion. Most people order and eat a dessert...that cake probably had more than a day's worth of calories...and several days worth of sugar and fat.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:57 PM

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Even the kids portion at some restaurants is big enough for more than a meal - example: kid's pasta and sauce at Pizzeria Uno is 550 calories, without the breakstick (which is another 120 or so). What a waste of half my days cals for a measly kids order of pasta!

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:25 PM

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I agree 6:25p! The kid sized portions are often ridiculously large and usually horrible for you. My husband and I decided not to order off the kid menu for our 3 y/o anymore - the choices are horrible. Chicken fingers and fries - I can only imagine the calorie content in that pile of grease. Fortunately, my kid is a fabulous eater, so she and I will share an entree and it's usually STILL too much!

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 6:32 PM

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