You probably don’t give much thought to chewing your food. For most of us it’s second-nature, and once you put food in your mouth chewing it is likely as automatic as breathing.
Paying more attention to the way you chew, however, especially how long and how thoroughly you chew, may be a simple way to improve your health. People who are obese, for instance, tend to chew less (and for shorter periods) than those who are a normal weight.
Research also shows that increasing the number of chews before swallowing reduces meal size by up to nearly 15 percent, which researchers believe might be an effective strategy to help with weight management.“Eating slowly contributes to a lower risk of obesity, probably because it could aid appetite control. Chewing thoroughly is an effective strategy to reduce eating rate … ,” the researchers explained in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Yet, chewing slowly is useful for far more than just weight management.
Chewing Thoroughly Is the First Step to Healthy Digestion
The chewing process, also known as mastication, is the first step in your digestive process – one you don’t want to rush through. Chewing breaks your food down from large particles into smaller particles that are more easily digested.
Research presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago showed that when participants chewed almonds longer, the smaller particles were better and more quickly absorbed by the body.😊 😊 😊