Why is it that I am 40 years old and I am just now learning how seriously important it is to chew your food, and I mean CHEW (like, let's say 50 times/bite)?! I can't believe this is not something we are teaching our children!
We all know we are supposed to chew our food, as in 'don't swallow it whole or you'll choke', but I don't think most folks know what a huge part of the digestive process that chewing is, and if they do know they are not doing it! Before I get into the details of how and why, let me tell you what you can gain by chewing your food better:
1) More Energy
2) Clearer Mind
3) Eliminate Tummy Aches
4) Stronger Bones
5) No Constipation
According to the Art of Eating, "It does not matter whether you eat the best organic food on the market, if you do not chew properly while eating these foods you will not benefit your health and well-being. Our teeth are made for grinding down food. The more the food is ground down and mixed with saliva, the less digestive energy is needed to absorb it.
A quote from Mahatma Gandhi condensed all wisdom into one sentence
One of my favorite comedians/authors, Jessica Porter of The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics, sums it up the best like this:
I mean if you think about it, it totally makes sense. The problem is, it takes practice to form the habit of taking your time and chewing every bite. Oh and speaking of taking your time, who has time- but our health should be worth it right? Jessica Porter had a great challenge going this week called a Chew-A-Thon to get people focused on this issue and excited about chewing. She has a funny tutorial below that is helpful and funny (she cracks me up!). I hope this helps! Happy chewing!