Q. I eat rice every day, but what exactly does 1 cup of rice look like? Some say 1 cup is the size of a tennis ball, others say it’s more like a fist. Who is right?
A. Guidelines that relate various portion sizes to everyday objects like tennis balls or decks of cards are designed to be easy-to-visualize reminders. But if you find these unclear or confusing, you can always get out the measuring cup. Simply fill your one cup measuring cup with rice to see what a one cup serving looks like. Of course, there’s no need to use a kitchen scale or measuring cups to weigh or measure every bite of food. But it is a good idea to know about what various portion sizes look like to ensure that you’re not unwittingly serving yourself two or three times a “normal” portion.