Eating Quickly? Slow Down!

You may want to slow down over your next meal if research about eating quickly is anything to go by. Our hectic lifestyles include eating on the go and quickly. Gobbling down food even if it’s an ordinary sized meal could cause heart problems, indigestion, high blood pressure, diabetes and increase in weight among other problems.

Eating quickly cuts down communication between the brain and the stomach receptors. It could take 15 to 20 minutes for the brain to realize that the stomach has received enough food and you don’t need anymore. These signals only work if given a chance, not if you’re eating quickly. ‘Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth’ is a Malagasy proverb that should be applied to avoid the consequences of eating quickly.

The pleasure of the dining experience is enhanced when you  eat slowly. You will end up eating less and digesting food better. Always remember to cut your food into smaller and chewable pieces. Eating in a place that’s a conducive environment such as the restaurant or kitchen instead of the office desk can help one eat slower.

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