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The Power Of Chewing

 

 

 

In today’s fast-paced environment we forget how to chew!  Not only do we buy fast food but we are eating the food fast too.  Take a bite, chew it a couple of times, swallow and repeat. 

 

Would you not agree it’s time to remember the importance of chewing!

 

Chewing breaks our food down from large particles into smaller particles that are more easily digested.  This makes it easier for our intestines to absorb nutrients and energy from the food particles as they pass through, while also preventing improperly digested food from entering your blood and causing a wide range of adverse effects to your health.

 

The longer we chew, the more time it will take us to finish a meal, and research shows that eating slowly can help us to eat less and, ultimately, to avoid weight gain or even lose weight.  For example, chewing our food twice as long instantly helps us control our portion sizes, decreasing calorie consumption.

 

Saliva contains digestive enzymes, so the longer we chew, the more time these enzymes have to start breaking down our food, making digestion easier on our stomach and our small intestine which absorbsmost of the nutrients from what we eat and drink.

 

One of these enzymes is lingual lipase, an enzyme that helps break down fats, for example.  Saliva also helps to lubricate our food so it’s easier on our esophagus.

 

The chewing process predigests our food into small pieces and partially liquefies it, making it easier to digest.  Digestion is actually a very demanding task for our body, requiring a great deal of energy, especially if forced to digest improperly chewed food.  Chewing properly allows our stomach to work more efficiently and break down our food faster.

 

The bones holding our teeth get a “workout” when we chew, helping to keep them strong.  The saliva produced while chewing is also beneficial, helping to clear food particles from our mouth and wash away bacteria so there may be less plaque buildup and tooth decay.

 

When large particles of improperly chewed food enter our stomach, they may remain undigested when they enter our intestines.  There, bacteria will begin to break them down, or in other words they will start to putrefy, potentially leading to gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, cramping and other digestive problems.

 

Lastly, if we rush through our meal with little chewing, we’re also not tasting or enjoying the food. When we take the time to properly chew, we savor each piece and truthfully enjoy the flavors our food has to offer.

 

Happy chewing!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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