2009年2月15日

More Chewing, More Healthy When You Eating

We all know we should eat slowly and chew our food properly, so why is it do difficult to remember to do it? Long-established habit rides roughshod over the best of intentions, and before you know it, you are gulping your food down again.

Maybe you lead a very rushed life and find you have to eat 'on the go', but rushing your food and not chewing enough can cause indigestion and worsen conditions like IBS. And what's more, eating too quickly can also make you fatter!

Digestion.

Eating slowly and chewing properly improves your digestion. It is well known that digestion begins in the mouth. The more we chew our foods, the easier it is to digest them.

Why you should slow down at the dinner table...

It takes around 20 minutes for the stomach to register being full so taking a break in between courses is advised
Experts suggest chewing a mouthful 20 times before swallowing saying that the longer you chew, the fuller you'll feel

Chewing breaks down food molecules and saliva begins the digestion process
Being preoccupied with TV or reading while you're eating prevents the signals about the food reaching your brain
Don't talk and eat at the same time as swallowing air impedes digestion

Professor Iso also said, "If you eat slowly then there is some feedback from the brain that this is enough, and this helps stop you eating before you are full".

We've always been told to chew our food properly, eat slowly and not to watch TV at the dinner table — maybe we should start to listen!
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