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5-a-day - just how big is a child's portion size?!

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chelseamorning Tue 02-Sep-08 13:12:12

Does anyone please know whether a 5-a-day portion is the same size for both adults and children?

I've been trying to work out how big a child's portion size is, to ensure my DS is really getting his 5 a day. Some websites state that a portion is approx 80g. I'm assuming this is for adults only????


norksinmywaistband Tue 02-Sep-08 13:14:45

don't know if [[ ]]this helps. I just try to make sure mine have had 5 types of fruit and veg a day and don't worry too much about portion size TBH

norksinmywaistband Tue 02-Sep-08 13:15:12


wotulookinat Tue 02-Sep-08 13:16:07

No, I don't think it is, but I don't know by how much they differ. Am I right in thinking that a portion size is about a handful? Well then a kiddie portion would be very small in comparison. I'm not sure where I heard that though...

halogen Tue 02-Sep-08 13:18:45

I think a rough guideline is that a child's portion is the size of his or her fist. I have no idea where I heard this. I may even have made it up.

Gingerbear Tue 02-Sep-08 13:19:05

Age 1-2 about half that of an 80g adult portion(40g)
Age 3-5 60g

Adult sized portion from age 6 onwards.

misselizabethbennett Tue 02-Sep-08 13:19:06

Child's portion is smaller. TBH, as long as it's been eaten I'm not too bothered about the portion size. If one broccoli spear has been eaten, I'm happy to call that a portion!

mistlethrush Tue 02-Sep-08 13:19:18

Whoops - ds has a good go at at least 5-a-day adult portion sizes blush and would eat more if allowed to. We always have to limit the cucumber/tomatoes with lunch otherwise he'd only eat salad and likewise for pudding. I think that he reckons that a portion of strawberries is about 1lb. or perhaps a few more blush and as for blackberry picking....

wotulookinat Tue 02-Sep-08 13:22:00

Lucicle, we can't both have made it up - we must have heard it somewhere.

chelseamorning Tue 02-Sep-08 13:24:47

I do the same, Norksinmywaistband. DS eats a lot of veg (I'm veggie) but it occurred to me the other day that he may not be getting his quota of vits. Forever paranoid!!

Thanks so much for the link. Interesting site. It states that the 80g portion (average size fruit or I guess a small handful of veg) applies from age 6 but:

'40g for a 1-2 year old and 60g for a 3-5 year old'.

Eg, a 40g portion is approximately equal to:

Broccoli and cauliflower
1 small floret

1 small carrot

Red pepper
1 quarter

Peas, beans and sweetcorn
2 tablespoons

4 cherry tomatoes or 1 medium sized one

Apples and pears
1 quarter
Dried apricots
3 whole dried fruit

1 third

8 seedless grapes

3 thin slices

Most helpful. Thanks, Norksinmywaistband.

chelseamorning Tue 02-Sep-08 13:43:14

Seems like you're both right, Lucicie and Wotulookinat. A good way to work out a portion, without getting too obsessed about it. (Obsessed? Moi?)

Lauriefairycake Tue 02-Sep-08 13:44:55

child's stomache is about the size of their fist - portion is smaller

McDreamy Tue 02-Sep-08 13:46:02

Have also heard a persons portion size is as big as their fist, applies to adults and children.

chelseamorning Tue 02-Sep-08 13:46:05

Mistlethrush, you're lucky if you can get your DS to eat cucumber, tomatoes and salad. My DS skipped the finger food stage as he didn't like to touch the food directly. He went straight to eating cooked food using a fork and spoon and won't eat raw food.

Anyone else had this problem and managed to resolve it?!!

chelseamorning Tue 02-Sep-08 13:48:43

p.s. Raw food = veg only. He eats raw fruit.

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