Most people chew their food without thinking about it,but if you are trying to lose weight here is a good piece of advice, “masticate to liquid”. I couldn’t imagine that you have heard this phrase before, and I wouldn’t imagine that you are practicing this art!!!! Sounds suss, but basically it means chewing your food to liquid. We are all guilty, but it still fascinates me that people wanting to lose weight attack their meals with an accelerated speed like it is their last meal forever! If weight loss is your goal, then slow down and enjoy the nourishment of the food after all it is one of lives simplest pleasures.
If you are interested in losing weight, then slow down and practice “masticating to liquid’. The chewing process, is a very important step in digestion, making it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients from food particles. Carbohydrate and fat Digestion actually begin in your mouth so Chewing to liquid enhances food to pass through your digestive tract with better absorption. It is highly recommended that you eat slowly and chew your food at least 15-20 and up to 40 times before swallowing. This enables your brain and body to release the hormones that sense that it's full, instead of stuffing a bunch of food down your throat whole, to find out 30 mins later that you're hungry again! Hunger is largely controlled by hormonal signals, including that from ghrelin, which spurs the feeling of hunger. The team found that when study participants chewed more, their ghrelin levels were consistently lower post-mealtime. It might be that the longer the body senses food in the mouth, the more ghrelin is released.
Chewing to liquid is important in helping you to maintain a healthy weight due to “portion control properties. A study on both lean and obese Chinese men set out to prove this point. The study was conducted in 2011 and concluded that Interventions aimed at chewing activity could become a useful tool for combating obesity.
So for those of you that need help in this area here are a few tips in slowing down the eating process and avoiding those other nasty effects of gulping whole.
So I guess if you want to make the most out of your eating experience try at least to be mindful of not only what you eat, the amount you eat and when you eat but by just eating a little bit slower and chewing to liquid may keep your body and health in shape . So simple but so effective !
Caroline is a clinical Nutritionist practicing on a consultation basis. Caroline's experience encompasses research and writing on disease prevention with natural herbs, spices, foods and supplementation. Caroline practices holistic nutritional medicine that combines the three elements of being human. Those being, the physical , emotional and the mental components that make us who we are. All of these criterior is fueled by the fundamental of all health, food .