Remember when you were a kid and your mom would scold you for rushing through a meal so you could go off to play? Well it turns out dear old mom was onto something. There are a lot of health benefits to eating mindfully and fully chewing each bite.
Slow and thorough chewing helps you digest your food better and can help you absorb more nutrients. But it can help you burn more calories, too! So how much chewing are we talking about? Research suggests that chewing until "no lumps remain" boosts the number of calories burned.
According to a study, thorough chewing promotes blood flow to the gut and stomach, improving levels of gut hormones, and it keeps you feeling full longer. Just slowing down the pace and eating slowly and mindfully is not only good for you, it could help you eat less while burning more calories. So when you’re trying to watch your weight, forget the diet and just start with chewing more and not rushing through your meal. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Source: My Domaine