Frida Harju, nutritionist at the Swedish health app Lifesum, www.lifesum.com, explained chewing food throughly is the key to keeping trim.
She made the comments after it was revealed Samantha Cameron chews her food fifty times before swallowing as a way to stay slim.
For many, this may seem a little extreme – but Frida confirmed to Express.co.uk those trying to lose weight should consider it.
She said: “While everything should be done in moderation and it is important to avoid over chewing your food, there are reasons why you should ensure you break down your food as much as possible before swallowing it.”
Aids digestion and gut health
Unbeknown to many, digesting food requires a great amount of energy from the body. Chewing each mouthful many times, ensures that you are breaking your food into much smaller pieces and partially liquefying it, which makes it easier for your body to digest. When large pieces of food enter the stomach, it can remain undigested, until it enters the intestines.
When this happens, bacteria in the intestine has to break down the food, which can lead to constipation, cramping, gas and other problems with your digestion.
Feel full quicker
One of the reasons that chewing can help us feel fuller quickly, is that chewing helps to stimulate gut hormones that regulate our food intake.
One particular hormone is leptin, which is produced in fat cells and released in the brain, this hormone is responsible for helping you feel full and satisfied. Chewing thoroughly ensures that leptin is released and can lead to increased levels of the hormone, helping you to feel full.
Helps you absorb more nutrients
Chewing each mouthful many times ensures that your body has a better chance of absorbing the nutrients in the food. When you break down food, both the macronutrients, things like amino acids and glucose, and micronutrients, which are vitamins and minerals, are all absorbed into your bloodstream, through your small intestines.
The more thoroughly you chew your food, the more your food is broken down, meaning the more nutrients which can be absorbed into your bloodstream.
Food should be enjoyable. When you rush through your food, barely chewing it, you are often not tasting the food properly, or savouring the meal.
Chewing each mouthful properly and for longer, allows the flavour of the food to be fully released into your mouth, which helps you to think about what you are eating, and helping you tune into your feelings of fullness…