Chewing food profusely can aid in more nutrient absorption. It may surprise you that not only what you eat, but also how you eat it has a huge impact on nutritional efficiency. Do you pay attention to how much you chew what you eat at a meal during the day? Are your meals coming to an end or are you eating too fast? How would you like to slow down, even if it’s one meal a day this week? How would it be?
The link between chewing and food intake
How we eat is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to health. Our mental state influences the way we eat, and if you’re in an anxious mood, you may often be inclined to chew less before swallowing.
When you reduce the time you spend chewing your food, there is less surface area in the gut to work on the enzymes that break it down. This means that the body’s capacity to absorb nutrients is reduced. You can increase the effectiveness and nutrient density of your meal by eating and chewing properly.
In addition to how much you chew, your mental state affects the amount of nutrients you get from your food; For example, when stressed, the communication between the brain and the digestive system can be disrupted. This means that if you eat while experiencing negative emotions, you can only absorb 20 percent of the nutrients from the food.
So how can you have the right mindset at mealtimes?
Here’s how to turn mealtime into an awareness opportunity: You have to really focus on being at the table with your loved ones and your food. Research shows that mindfulness can not only increase well-being, but also strengthen your ability to support those around us.
When it comes to nutrient absorption, how we eat can be just as effective as what we eat. Mindfulness practice, whether on its own or with a loved one, is a way to give your body a chance to slow down and fully experience mealtime.
Susanne M. Jones, Graham D. Bodie, Sam D. Hughes. “The Impact of Mindfulness on Empathy, Active Listening, and Perceived Provisions of Emotional Support”. Şuradan alındı: https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650215626983 (03.02.2016)