This may seem like old news to you, two new studies show that heavier people eat faster than those who are at a healthy weight. In essence, you feel full after eating less by eating more slowly. There were some nutritional facts I did not know that came from these studies.
That is, that refined grains — found in white breads, pastas and potatoes — are eaten faster than healthier whole grains. So- not only can eating whole grains be better for your nutritional health, it can be said you will eat these fiber-rich foods more slowly. Research came from the University of Rhode Island.
The second study found a link between eating speed and body mass index (BMI). The higher the BMI, the faster you eat. A lot faster. BMI is the Body Mass Index, a calculation based on height and weight.)
The case studies showed that whole grains require more chewing, and digestion starts in the mouth. Makes sense. If you have something highly processed, it doesn’t take as much to digest food, but whole grains take a lot more digestive energy to start breaking down.
So how can YOU eat more slowly? Here’s a simple habit to practice- Let the food in your mouth get to your stomach before taking the next bite. Oh yes, remember to eat more whole grains as part of a high-fiber, low-carb, low-sugar diet.