Good things come in Small Packages
A Cochrane review has shown that smaller portions, packages and tableware leads to the consumption of less food. The review analysed 72 studies over a span of 35 years, and concluded that ‘successfully reducing the size, availability and appeal of larger-sized portions, packages and tableware contributes to meaningful reductions in quantities of food people select and consume’.
For many years portion sizes have been increasing, and now a normal portion is much larger than it used to be This study aimed to prove that not only do portion sizes, but also package sizes and tableware, make a huge difference to consumption. The analysis suggested the potential of cutting 500 calories a day for US citizens, through the use of smaller portions. The study authors hope that the findings will provide fresh impetus for open discussion on how reducing the size, availability and appeal of large servings can be achieved in the public and commercial sectors.