In the contemporary world, it’s become increasingly difficult and rare to sit comfortably and relish our meals morsel by morsel. 

Eating is just another item on the daily checklist. However, it’s important to invest at least 30 minutes in a meal.

Here are some reasons why chewing well is really important:

1. Promotes Healthy Digestion

Chewing (mastication) is the first step in digestion where most of the food is broken down into smaller particles and gets digested to their simpler forms with the help of saliva. 

Most often when we skip this, we are disrupting the normal process of digestion, resulting in a bloated feeling or other digestive issues.  

2. Enhances Nutrient Absorption

Chewing properly gives enough time for the stomach to secrete the necessary digestive juices for digestion. This aids in complete digestion, efficient nutrient absorption and regular bowel movements.

3. Better Glucose Utilization

When food is consumed, the brain signals the pancreas to secrete sufficient insulin to cope up with the glucose release after the meal. For this to happen, we need to give sufficient notice to the body through chewing. 

Eating irregularly (no fixed time for meals) and without adequate chewing may result in disturbances in insulin utilization/absorption, resulting in early diabetes or insulin resistance. 

4. Promotes Weight Loss

Chewing well is important when one needs to follow portion control. The stomach takes at least 20 minutes to signal the brain when it feels satiated or full. 

So, if you chew, relish each morsel and eat well, you will be able to follow better portion control, aiding in weight loss.

5. Gives Satiety

Chewing is also an important aspect of optimal eating etiquette. It helps in triggering the senses to experience various tastes and to feel satisfied even with a small portion. 

Our taste buds should be allowed to experience the various flavours along with their consistencies. 

When you chew well and eat healthily, you will be able to interlink "mind-body-food" and will look at eating as a healthy and nourishing experience. 

If you have been ignoring this simple activity, it's time to consciously make an effort NOW!!! 

Take time to chew, chew and chew.

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