What do people who burn the most calories while eating all have in common? They eat slowly and chew their food thoroughly. The bad habit your parents once chided you for in your childhood—scarfing down a meal to rush off to play—is actually very sound advice in adulthood. Taking time to eat mindfully, enjoy your meal, and fully chew what you consume could be the key to a list of health benefits, including burning more calories, better digestion, and absorbing more nutrients.
As a recent Time article highlighting this subject notes that for thousands of years, Ayurvedic medicine has encouraged slow and thorough chewing to encourage strong digestive health. Research has supported this notion, finding that chewing until "no lumps remain" actually increases the number of calories the body burns during digestion. Thorough chewing also promotes blood flow to the stomach and gut, improving levels of gut hormones controlling hunger and satiety according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Slowing the pace of eating, thanks to the extra chewing, has also proven beneficial to overall health. This mindful practice allows individuals to tune into their body's actual satiety and fullness, reducing the likelihood of overeating. So whether your intention is to burn more calories, simply aid your digestive health, or find yourself more satisfied after each meal, taking your time to eat will provide these benefits and more.
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