Parents often tell their children to chew their food slowly; however, children tend to ignore this. What’s more, even adults fail to chew their food properly, and only when one suffers from gastrointestinal derangement, does one realize that one’s health woes are due to poor chewing.
Hectic schedules, erratic lifestyles and fast paced lives make it almost impossible to have a leisurely meal; however, in the long run, it can take a very heavy toll on our health.
It’s not just the amount of time you spend working out in the gym that counts towards good health and well being, what you eat and how you eat is important too. A very common habit is to overlook how you chew and enjoy your food. So, at your next meal, take the time to focus on your food and chew well!
Health Benefits Of Eating Food Slowly
Eating your food slowly allows you to taste the food better. Regardless of the type of dish, it means so much if one is able to savor it fully by eating a little slower. In fact, research says that if you double the amount of time it takes you to consume a meal; you will experience more of the flavors, smells and textures of the food.
Furthermore, if you chew your food well, food gets digested and assimilated better and consequently you will suffer from lesser gastrointestinal upsets.
Eating slowly improves digestion. It will give your stomach more time to start working on the food. When you consume your meal in a very short period of time; say 10 minutes, you are bound to suffer from dyspepsia and heartburn. If you take 20 minutes to have your meal, your stomach will have a much easier job.
What Are The Advantages Of Slow Eating?
- Reduces the frequency and intensity of heartburn and gastric acid reflux. These conditions occur when you do not chew your food properly and your food is not properly digested.
- Eating slowly is one way to keep your weight in check and sustain a good body contour. When you eat slowly, you find that you learn to stop eating sooner. You’ll notice that you are full and do not need that extra bite. The brain takes around 20 minutes to tell us that we are full, eating fast will cause you to stock up on calories before you realize that you have already eaten enough. Also, the stomach takes about 20 minutes to release the hormones that send a message to your brain that you are full. This process does not commence until your stomach starts to stretch. If you eat slowly, you give yourself more time to feel full. This provides you with a better chance of stopping before you get overly stuffed.
- Research states that ‘feeling full’ is a complex theory which integrates the time you spend eating your meal, the number of times you chew your food, the appearance of the food, and the actual quantity of food that you consume.
- You can make eating a social event. People gather and spend time together at a meal. By taking more time at a meal, you will be able to talk with your friends and family more, improve your relationships and feel more connected with them.