Part of it is the fact that I just don't chew my food that much. I chew a few times and...gulp...down the hatch it goes. You'd think that I would want to savor the flavor and keep the food in my mouth as long as possible.
|Chewing on popcorn shrimp for Jake's birthday.|
Of course, as is usually the case, this study has some holes. It was a small group of young men who were tested. The results don't account for foods such as soup or ice cream that don't have to be chewed. But still, it makes some sense.
For many years, experts have agreed that it takes time for the brain to register that the stomach is full. So the more you chew, the slower you eat, the less food you eat before the brain says "Stop!".
Will the potential of losing weight make me chew more and eat slower? It's worth a try, right?
Hmmm...I could go for some ice cream...