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Why We Should All Eat Slower

Why We Should All Eat Slower

by Carys Brunner |  18 Jan 2018

Sounds like such a simple concept - eating slowly. But must of us were taught to hurry up when we were little and eating at the table.  Nowadays life is busy and hectic, so we use eating as a way of feeling, rather than relaxing.  However there are numerous benefits to sitting down at the table and actually enjoying a meal, leisurely.

As many of you will know, but takes 20min for your brain to recognise that you are full.  Now I am probably right in thinking that most people's meals don't even last that long, therefore we have already overeaten by the time our body tells us we re full.  That means we will have consumed way more calories than we actually needed,  With eating slower, you will also feel more satisfied, rather than just full.

Eating slower simply allows our bodies to process our food properly.  Eating too quickly means we chew our food less, making it hard to breakdown and process throughly.  We are simply forcing our GI tract to deal with food before it is fully prepared, which in turn upsets our digestion system, and can cause heart burn, indigestion and other GI Tract issues.

Plenty of research points to the fact that eating slowly helps us eat less, therefore consuming less calories.  Studies have shown that people consumed around 80 less calories if they ate their meal over 30min rather than 10min.  Research is also starting to show that those who eat quickly get hungry quicker too - simply down to the fact that they didn't feel satisfied with their food as they ate too quickly.

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