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Products to Assist with Portion Control

June 2024 | Adult Down Syndrome Center - Advocate Health

Managing portion sizes of foods can be challenging for people with and without Down syndrome. Below are some products that may help with portion control. Products such as these are sold by Amazon, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and many other sellers. 

Please note: We are sharing information about these products for educational purposes only. The Adult Down Syndrome Center does not receive financial support or compensation for sharing information about these products. 

Portion Plates and Containers

Plates and containers that are divided into sections provide a visual reminder of appropriate portion sizes. They can also remind individuals to eat foods from a variety of food groups. There are options designed for use at home as well as on-the-go. There are also container sets that include containers of varying serving sizes (e.g., 1 cup, 1/2 cup, etc.). 
Portion plate, divided plate, and divided container used for portion control
different sized containers 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup

Cups and Spoons for Measuring and Serving

Some measuring cups and spoons are designed with a longer handle so that they can be used for serving as well as measuring. Options like the ones pictured below can be purchased online. Restaurant supply stores also sell kitchen tools that help with measuring and serving set amounts of food. 
spoons/cups that can be used for measuring and serving food

Salad Dressing Bottles with Measurements

Some salad dressing bottles have measuring lines on them. These can help an individual use a suitable amount of dressing.
two salad dressing containers

Reusable Containers for Condiments and Dressings

Small containers that hold 2 to 3 oz. can help with limiting the amounts of condiments and dressings an individual uses. Some containers are marketed to be used for condiments. There are also products called "dip clips" that attach to the side of a plate or bowl. Another option that may be less expensive is a set of baby food storage containers. 
small containers for condiments and salad dressing

Products for Preparing Food

There are products that can portion food during the preparation process. Some examples include cake pans that are divided into slices, tools for measuring pasta, and dividers for slow cookers. 

Divided cake pan


divider for slow cooker


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Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.