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Chewing food slowly lowers calorie intake, ups satisfaction

Chewing food slowly lowers calorie intake, ups satisfactionChewing your food slowly could help reduce the amount of calories consumed in a meal while improving the enjoyment of it, says a study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The authors wanted to test the long-held adage that chewing food slowly could help people eat less food and feel full sooner. They had 30 healthy young women (average age of 23 years) consume the same meal of pasta, tomatoes and cheese on two different visits. The eating speed of the participants was then evaluated along with their self-reported feelings of hunger, fullness, thirst, the desire to eat and their enjoyment of the meal. 

The researchers found that people who ate quickly consumed the most calories and did not feel as full as the other participants. Compared to the fast eaters, those who ate slowly consumed approximately 67 fewer calories and also felt full at the end of their meal. The slow eaters also drank more water and reported enjoying their food more compared to the fast eaters.

This study supports the idea that chewing your food thoroughly and eating your meal at a slower pace, could help reduce overall calorie intake while improving the overall enjoyment and satisfaction with food.

Learn more about the basic principles of healthy eating.

Posted: July 21, 2008

Source: Ana M. Andrade, Geoffrey W. Greene, Kathleen J. Melanson. Eating Slowly Led to Decreases in Energy Intake within Meals in Healthy Women. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Volume 108, Issue 7 (July 2008).

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