When we’re hungry, it is easy to forget about the mechanics of eating and simply focus on the delicious taste and aromatic smells. However, proper digestion starts with chewing. If you’re only chewing to be able to swallow, or chewing minimally due to dental issues, you are preventing yourself from enjoying some important benefits.
Take Time to Chew
Chewing gives us time to enjoy and savour our food. It also means each bite is broken down into smaller portions, which allows our body to more readily access and absorb nutrients. Taking longer to chew our food means we have greater chance of enjoying more of the benefit of its nutritional content. Swallowing food which has not been chewed properly means it is more difficult for our body to absorb the nutrients.
Better Digestion with Chewing
We produce saliva whilst chewing, which mixes with the food and starts the digestion process. Saliva contains enzymes which commence breaking down the food immediately. If food is not chewed properly, it can cause digestive issues and discomfort.