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The Importance Of Chewing Food
Before speaking about the importance of chewing food, I invite you to make this experiment:
- Get 3 cups and fill them with equal amount of water.
- Number them 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
- Get 3 equal cubes of sugar.
- Put a piece of sugar in cup number (1) and stir it well till thaw. Record the time.
- Do the same with cup number (2) but before putting the piece of sugar to water, divide it into 3 parts. Stir and record the time.
- Do the same with cup number (3) but instead divide the piece of sugar into many small parts. Stir and record the time.
Now, compare 3 recorded times and ask yourself:
- Which cup that sugar dissolves quickly?
- What does that mean?
The Importance of well chewing of food
Logically, the cup number 3 got the lowest time in dissolving sugar. And the reason was because you divide the piece of sugar into very small parts. This is what happens exactly for digestive if you properly chew foods or not. The more you chew (divide sugar) food the more you get comfort in digesting.
Many people don’t know that chewing food is a part of digestion process and so don’t care about it. But mainly it is so important plus it gives you the feeling of pleasure and enjoyment of the food taste.
8 Important Reasons to Properly Chew Your Food
Let’s take a look for why you should chew food well:
1. Chewing Promotes Digesting
Some types of foods like bread (carbohydrates) need enough time of chewing because it is the half of digestion process for them. So, items like these should be chewed and grinded well to not stay in the stomach for a long time.
Some nutrients don’t be absorbed well when we gulp quickly, like amino acids and beta-carotene.
Chewing process is the green light for digestion so brain takes enough time to analyze each particle (composition, taste, energy, …etc.) Also, chewing food properly limits burp.
2. Chewing Keeps Nutritional Balance
In a French study for old people, researchers found that people who made a cultivation of teeth have a nutritional balance than people who use denture in chewing.
Cultivation team is able to chew food well better than the other team who has to eat special items of foods (soft and mushy).
3. Chewing for Better Absorption
As we mentioned above, large particles are very hard in digesting. On the contrary, small particles are so easy in digesting and not only but also easy for your intestines to absorb useful nutrients and got more energy.
You may meet a wide range of adverse effects if you ignore breaking down large pieces of food into small pieces.
Body doesn’t absorb the large particles and then doesn’t take his need of nutrients and energy.
4. Chewing Protects Teeth
Adult persons who improperly chew food are suffering from the weakness of tissues of the teeth. To keep your teeth stuck in your gum, you have to commit with chewing exercise.
Also, it is preferable to mix between hard and soft types of food in chewing process, because teeth cleans itself after chewing hard particles while soft particles leave remains and causes accumulation of tartar on the teeth.
5. Chewing Stimulates The Growth Of Facial Bones
A big number of children all over the world are suffering from troubles in bones growth and well sticking of teeth in gum (protruding teeth). Also, a big number of them have troubles in chewing.
Bones to grow and be strong need to be stimulated. The best way for strengthening them is: Chewing.
Chewing is the smooth process of exercising teeth, tongue and cheeks. Moreover, closing mouth, chewing, breathing, speaking and tongue movements are connected functions, so chewing process is not only a catalyst for strengthening bones but also works for the coherence of facial structure.
6. Chewing Controls Weight
Your mind is not like your desire when you eat. The brain sends hunger signals for us and so we eat but in greedily way. Glutton sometimes leads us to eat quickly to plug assuage our hunger and then overfeed us with unnecessary food.
Brain receives satiety signals lately while we chew less and gulp more than our need. At the end we eat more and become overweight.
Slow chewing helps in sending satiety signals to brain early and then we stop eating at the right time. French people eat their meals slowly and best bodies I had ever seen were in France.
Studies showed that brain needs around 20 minutes to receive these signals. People sometimes overeat in less than this period. Slow chewing helps brain to receive satiety signals at the right time.
7. Chewing Gives Us Pleasure
Once foods pass pharynx, there is no difference between apple and cauliflower in taste.
Taste cells in tongue are responsible for giving us this enjoyment in eating and slow eating give us more enjoying. Each one of us has his own list of favorite items of food. If you are going fast through your meal, you will deprive yourself from this pleasure plus digestive troubles.
Eat slowly, feel the taste and make time of meal full of delight.
8. The Psychological Side of Chewing
Chewing helps to:
- Purify mind
- Discharge anger
- Develop physical strength
- Create better cells
- Sleep well
- Breathe deeply
Plus you can check the psychological state for people who have troubles in mouth and can’t chew hard items of foods (sometimes they can’t even chew soft items). They used to take their meals in liquid state.
How to Properly Chew Your Food?
As we mentioned above about French people, they give eating an ample amount of time for each meal. One of reasons of improper chewing is hastiness.
If your lifestyle forces you to eat quickly, try to change bad habits or at least your eating habits in the main meals.
Mood is a main factor in eating and benefiting food. Can you cut off any external effects when you eat? It will be good if you can and you will really enjoy your meal.
Size of particles should be small and don’t combine 2 or more particles in one bite. Don’t add next particle till you completely swallow the first one.
Make it slow as much as possible. Chew each bite for 20 – 40 times before swallowing. Chew food till it becomes liquefied and loses its texture. Don’t drink water (or any drink) till you completely swallow.
Don’t ignore semi-liquid food
Food like yogurt should be chewed, too. People sometimes ignore chewing semi-liquid food but it is important to mix it with mouth saliva. Saliva contains important enzymes which help in digestion process.
Chewing food properly is one of the most important steps of digesting process. Chewing is a healthy habit to benefit from nutrients of food, control your weight, feel enjoyment and strengthen teeth. Changing chewing habits is not a hard mission and you can make it well if you want to benefit previous advantages.