Happy Friday everyone!

Have you ever counted how many times you chew your food? Why is it important? Would you change your interest in each bite if it was found to help lose weight?

During the past few months so many of us have dipped in to extra calories and stress eating. But…. The average number of chews per bite is 32

Also 40 chews per bite may be the key to weight loss. The more times you chew each bite, fewer calories you will consume notes a study recently in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Digestion starts in the mouth! You have an enzyme in your saliva called amylase that breaks down carbohydrates into sugars which are needed to help digest your food!

Here are also some benefits of chewing your food:

  1. absorb more nutrients and energy from your food
  2. maintain a healthy weight
  3. your food gets more exposure to your saliva
  4. easier digestion
  5. it’s good for your teeth
  6. less excess bacteria lingering in your intestines
  7. enjoy and taste your food

The overall goal when you chew your food is to grind whatever you’re eating into a fine paste.

Here are some tips to remember:

  • Chew slowly and steadily
  • Chew until your mouthful of food is liquefied or lost all of its texture
  • Finish chewing and swallowing completely before taking another bite of food
  • Wait to drink fluids until you’ve swallowed. Avoid drinking liquids 15 minutes before or after any meal. Allow your stomach space and time needed to absorb the nutrients digested from your meal. Don’t use liquids as a replacement for your salivary glands.
  • Sit Down – Sitting down can help relax you and aid good digestion

At your next meal share with us your observations.