We eat faster and faster, without thinking about it, as a habit or unconscious reflex.
We often forget the importance of the mouth, called by the professeur Joyeux “the palate of flavors”.
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE MOUTH!
The chewing process also called mastication is extremely important as it is the first step in the digestive process.
The digestive enzymes found in our saliva make the nutrients easier to absorb.
Chewing breaks down food from large particles into smaller particles that are more easily digested and better assimilated by the stomach.
The longer you chew, the smaller the pieces you eat can help you to eat less. It allows enough time for the brain to study the composition, the quality of our aliments to improve their assimilation.
Chewing food longer help feel full. It takes time for the brain (around 20 minutes) to signal the stomach that it is full. Chewing food longer will instantly help control the portion sizes.
Chewing also help glucose absoption. The saliva contains the enzyme amylase that break down the starch into simple sugars. When starches are not pre-digested enough in the mouth, they are not completely assimilated. The excess ends up in the large intestine where it will ferment and lead to gas and bloating.
HOW TO CHEW FOOD PROPERLY?
So start today even if you only think about it for a few seconds during your meals at first, keep at it it will become an habit.
France Guillain - Mastiquer, c’est la santé
Professeur Henri Joyeux - Changez d’alimentation