You might not think about it very much, but it’s important to chew each bite well. Here is more information from DealDash on the subject.
Chewing your food well is not only important for your eating pleasure, but also fulfills other important functions. DealDash Health is going to tell you why it’s so important to chew each bite well. Read on for fascinating information about chewing and it’s functions.
What is Chewing?
We chew in an unconscious and natural way because from a very young age we get used to chewing when there is food in our mouth. This is an important thing that we all learn to do when we are babies and are learning how to eat table foods. Chewing is a key process in our digestive process that involves sensory and motor activity that prepares food for swallowing.
What Happens When We Chew?
During mastication (chewing), muscles contract, the tongue and jaw are mobilized, and saliva is released from the salivary glands in our mouth. All of this helps the food to be crushed moistened and is then swallowed to continue through the digestive tract.
Chewing is the first stage of digestion, because it begins there in the mouth with the crushing of food. This is very important so that enzymes can release nutrients that are absorbed. There is also an enzyme in saliva called ptialin, which begins with the digestion of carbohydrates. Also, during chewing, flavors are captured from food. This process is more important than we think to digest and taste each bite.
How Can Chewing Help You Lose Weight?
Chewing is the process that initiates the digestive process. Therefore, it also sets in motion the release of hormones that later provide satiety. All our digestive system is connected to the brain, so when we chew food it knows this and starts sending signals to the rest of the digestive system. This, among other things, releases hormones that calm hunger and reduce appetite.
Interestingly enough, according to Oxford University scientists, the sensory stimulus produced by chewing already produces satiety. This is even without eating food, something that was confirmed in 2006 after chewing but not eating salad that considerably decreased the desire to eat. Long story short, try to think a little more carefully when you’re chewing and be sure to chew every bite well. There are only benefits to chewing your food well, and zero drawbacks.
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