How many of us inhale our #food rather than #chewing it well?? This post came from a recent discussion I had. Since I was a kid, I would literally take forever to eat my food. Even now, I’m made fun of! My mother always told me to chew food well & take my time. She knew how chewing your food well had benefits.
Some studies from various countries also back up this recommendation. Japan advocates that people chew their food well before swallowing to encourage better #digestion & enjoy the taste of food?. India and Algeria (where my parents are from) & many places around the world do it. People with #diabetes & excessive weight gain can also benefit from eating slower & chewing their food longer. This has shown to burn more calories, improve sugars & satiety & even prevent chronic #illness. Interesting, huh? But, food should preferably be chewed 30- 40 times! I know. Who the hell has time for that, right? But isn’t that the all #American way? Eat fast, work fast, walk fast, etc. We’re always rushing, myself included! Except, I’ve been chewing food & eating food like this almost all my life. I like to take my time & I hate to be rushed. Am I healthier for it? Who knows! But, I find joy in doing so & I don’t feel tired or sluggish (depends on type of food too). Some studies I read showed chewing food for 30-40 times increased hormones responsible for making you feel satisfied?. There is a unique, extensive reaction that occurs with our #brain, #gut, #hormones, fat cells, & other neuronal circuits in the body that involve #eating, & how vital eating mindfully & slowly is for overall health, especially since digestion starts in the mouth. I wonder how much we take eating for granted. Especially when we live in busy cities where we are always on the go & food is always fast. Of course, it also depends on the type of food as quality & quantity matter. I’m also exploring what happens when we consume mostly #processed, #raw and cooked foods? Does chewing longer release #preservatives more efficiently thus being better filtered out? So many things to consider.
How fast or slow do you eat/chew & how does it make you feel?