gobbling or chew our food
By  priyaa  Date Posted: Jun. 26, 2012  Hits: 879   Rating:  (3.0) votes 101  Word Count: 514
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Are we gobbling

Let us take a small example of eating our food. Pressed for time and patience, we hardly chew the food before gulping it down. The terms like wolfing, gobbling etc. are better suited to describe eating. In order to pester the children to finish their meals and get done with our job of feeding, we stuff them with giant sized morsels and they also swallow the food without adequate chewing or mastication. This mindless eating and feeding is often done while viewing television or playing video games. 

Therefore, not only eating the right kind of food but the way we eat is also equally crucial for maintenance of health and vitality. Regarding this a renowned French physician conducted a research on subjects wherein subjects chewed food properly for 15 days. The result of this research is an eye opener.

It regulated the mood of the people.

It relieved them off their anxiety, depression and stress.

They could get sufficient and peaceful sleep.

About 90% of them were visibly calmer and happier.

After considering these psychological effects, another research revealed that proper chewing is instrumental in speedy weight loss as well. Eating slowly gives time to the stomach to feel full and send the satiety signal to the brain. Therefore, we feel full with lesser food and it puts a stop to overeating and hence aids in weight loss.

Why chew slowly

Physiologically, digestion actually starts in the mouth. In fact, carbohydrates and a part of the fat digestion process starts in the mouth itself, only if we chew the food properly. If we rush through our food, the food does not increase in surface area and the saliva present in mouth, which is rich in digestive enzymes, cannot act on the food sufficiently, resulting in half digested food traveling down the oesophagus (food pipe). This can sometimes lead to a reflux of the food which damages the lining of stomach and oesophagus. Other harmful effects involve less nutrient absorption, flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, constant burping, inflammatory bowel syndrome, constipation, bloating etc. and several other discomforts. 

Also, the saliva which is produced when we chew our food properly, acts as a disinfectant and kills the oral germs and washes away the food particles sticking on the teeth.

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