At some point or another, we’ve all stuffed our face, shoveling bite after bite into our mouths before chewing the last. For most of us, chewing is second nature, not something we have to think about, and usually something that doesn’t cross our minds. But according to a new study, it probably should.
A new study found that people who chew their food more end up consuming less calories, an important aspect of managing their weight. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that participants who chewed each mouthful of food 40 times ate 12 percent less than those who only chewed 15 times.
Apparently, the longer one chews their food, the more time they are giving their brain to receive signals from the stomach that it’s full. Makes sense, right? Additionally, more chewing is said to lower the level of gherlin, a hormone that stimulates hunger and increases CCK levels, a hormone thought to reduce hunger. Too bad for Americans who rush through their meals or don’t even break for lunch. Perhaps adopting a lengthy European-style lunch break would give us more time to chew!
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