Beetle juice, how often should you chew

This can happen if you keep counting as you chew!

By Laura Pomer | July 04, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

Our generation of grandparents preached that we should chew every bite at least 30 times. Some also call 32 times ideal. To this day, many still stick to it. But why should 32 be better than 29 times - and why is extremely soggy food even more digestible? FITBOOK has done a lot.

The idea of ​​chewing often is certainly based on the idea of ​​eating leisurely and consciously. Various studies have already shown that slow eaters are less prone to obesity. It should take the body about 20 minutes for the appetite-stimulating and appetite-inhibiting messenger substances to regulate themselves. If you hurry too much, you run the risk of eating past the saturation point. But you could also just take breaks between the individual bites ...?

We have already learned that in biology lessons: Saliva formation plays a major role in the digestible preparation of food. Hardliners even believe that nutrients from food cannot be used if you have not thoroughly chopped up every single bite with your teeth and soaked it with saliva. Is that correct?

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Eating has nothing to do with arithmetic

Chewing is actually “the first step in pre-digestion”. This is what nutritionist Uwe Knop explains in an interview with FITBOOK. On the one hand, the chyme is made swallowable and on the other, digestive enzymes from the saliva begin to break down long-chain carbohydrates from the food and convert them into smaller, more digestible molecules. Therefore, not every bite has to be a math problem. Knops tip: “Trust your natural frequency of chewing when chewing! The body knows best when your food is 'stomach ready' and should be swallowed. ”A clear indication that this mechanism works intuitively well is the fact that chewing is normally automatic.

“Counting chews can be dangerous!

The qualified ecotrophologist and author ("Eating Intuitively - Activate Your Natural Slimming Program", Riva-Verlag) does not just find "chewing by numbers" unnecessary. He would even warn against it. "In nutritionally hypersensitive people, it could promote an eating disorder if they constantly concentrate too much on counting chewing," says Knop, "and enjoyment is completely forgotten." When chewing, it is not least about eating - in cooperation the sense of smell of the nose - to taste.

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The fact that there cannot be an ideal number of chews is explained not least by the fact that foods also differ. Or as nutrition expert Knop says: “Of course, you chew a large fork of salad with raw onions, cabbage and cucumber longer than a small piece of soft croissant.” Basically, it is certainly advisable to take your time with your meal. However, those who prefer the faster variety - and therefore have no stomach problems - do not need to let others forbid them to keep their mouths full.

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