Your way of chewing could negatively impact your digestive system
You probably already know that eating slowly is better for you than stuffing your face. Our parents used to tell us so all the time. But did you know that the way you chew your food might impact more than just your ability to swallow your food? Find out more below.
Chewing and digesting food
Did you know that the digestion of your food already starts in your mouth? And that means that chewing your food properly is really important for proper digestion. Saliva plays an important role in digesting your food. When you chew your food, the glands in your mouth that produce saliva start to work harder. And that means that the amount of saliva in your mouth increases. Saliva helps break down carbs and fats in your food and it helps you swallow. It also causes your stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid, preparing the stomach for food.
Not chewing your food properly can actually result in a number of issues which we have listed below.
When you eat really fast, you’re not chewing properly and that means that you’re also not listening to the signals that your body is sending out about how much food it still needs. This will cause you to overeat. And overeating can result in a condition called ‘metabolic syndrome’ which increases the risk of getting other diseases like cancer and diabetes or cardiovascular disease.