More Chewing Slows Calorie Intake
Want to eat less? Chew more. Researchers studied normal-weight, overweight, and obese people who attended three weekly lunches. Each day, they were served 60 pizza rolls and instructed to eat until they were full. For every test, researchers asked participants to chew the food a certain number of times—the same, more, or fewer times than on previous visits. When people doubled the number of times they chewed their food, they ate 15 percent less food—the equivalent of 112 fewer calories. Yet no matter how many times the participants chewed or how much they ate, their self-reported hunger, fullness, and desire to eat at the end of the meal remained similar. The study also found that normal-weight people naturally ate slower than those who were overweight and obese.
Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online Nov. 11, 2013