I am on a diet. Not a real, knock-em-down, drag-em-out diet, but I’m trying to watch what I eat. As I write this, I’m eating a bowl of popcorn. As I was making the popcorn, I happened to look at the nutrition information on the side of the jug o’ Orville Reddenbacher we have. Calories - 120 per serving. Thinking to myself, “That’s not so bad!” Then I looked at the serving size. Three tablespoons! Why bother making three tablespoons of popcorn? I made half a cup. That’s eight tablespoons (I think - I admit I didn’t check up on this in the cookbook before posting), almost three times a single serving size!
I look at a normal size can of Campbell’s soup. I always eat the whole can when I make it. “Servings per can: 2[sup]1[/sup]/[sub]2[/sub].” Does anyone out there actually split a can of Campbell’s that way?
Those are just two examples. My question: Who decides serving sizes, and why does it always seem as though they’re completely unrelated to the way most people choose to eat whatever it is?
<grumbling as I finish the popcorn, knowing that I won’t have any more for a while.>