Have you ever watched a small child eat? They chew and chew and chew before they swallow. Now watch the average adult – bite, chew about 5 times, swallow. That’s not good for the digestive system.
On of the simplest things we can do for digestive health is to chew each bite about 20 times. Put your fork down between bites. Be deliberate.
Studies have shown that people who chew their food longer tend to ingest far less calories. They also are giving their brain a chance to say “Hey! Enough already!” Chewing food more times appears to lower levels of ghrelin, the ‘hunger hormone’, circulating in the digestive system. Adults who have had gastric bypass or lap band surgery are taught this immediately after surgery. They must chew at least 20 or 30 times before swallowing in order to keep their system healthy. Why not the rest of us?
Harbin Medical University in China did a study in which it was shown that overweight people chew far less than those of normal weights. This alone is a good indicator that we need to slow it down.
So enjoy the food that sits before you. Eat with no distractions such as television or a computer – focus on what you are doing. Listen to your body as it tries to tell you to stop – it has had enough.
Something so simple – yet so beneficial.