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Diet Tip: Don't Forget to Chew

Diet Tip: Don't Forget to Chew

We know that eating more slowly is one way to ensure that you do not overeat, since it takes about 20 minutes of eating for your body to recognize that it is full. One technique for slowing a meal down is to focus on chewing.

A number of studies show that taking the time to really chew your food has two benefits. The first reason is it promotes the digestion process and helps prevent gas, bloating, and heartburn. When you swallow big chunks of food, it becomes more difficult for your stomach to process. Chewing exposes your food to saliva, which is loaded with digestive enzymes and therefore begins the whole digestive process.

Secondly, eating mindfully also increases your enjoyment of the food’s flavors. When you slow down, you actually taste the flavors, and this makes eating a more satisfying act, which decreases your chances of overeating.

Fit's Tip: It is recommended that you chew your food until it is nearly liquefied. This might take upwards of 25 times, depending on what you’re eating. So take your time and enjoy your food.


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valepere valepere 10 years
I know I should do this. I try chewing slower, but then when I over-chew, it just disgusts me the feeling of "puree" in my mmouth! yucks! :(
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
good tip!
nefertiti nefertiti 10 years
Great tip! I'm going to try this out at my next meal!
marley11 marley11 10 years
my mom always tells me this, but i lead a busy lifestyle so i burn it off anyways.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I have the worst luck with really chewing things. It seems that when I get right down to it with any sort of food, I bite something hard and it hurts my teeth. I always find a fragment of bone in meat, and once I even found something hard in a potato. In fact, the meat thing happened to me last night.
potterlove potterlove 10 years
Thanks so much for the tip!!
Joyful1 Joyful1 10 years
That's going to be hard to do, but it's a great idea. Will help to prevent over-eating. :)
talrocks talrocks 10 years
This is really good stuff, I just got to get better at actually doing it.
davie-k davie-k 10 years
it's a great tip, will this control the wolf-ism of eating like a convey-a-belt? It seems to be a genetic problem, my mum and brother do it too!
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
also, another good tip is to take the smallest bite you can but still be satisfied with the bite. i eat slow small bites, and really it works! im full halfway through the meal.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Good tip, it really does help.
Feesje Feesje 10 years
Yep, I can only agree. It really helps to eat slower.
llendril llendril 10 years
definitely something i need to work on. good tip =)
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