We have all heard it from a parent at one time or another… In the middle of horking down a meal, the direction from a loving parent, “Slow down and chew your food!” It is likely that our parents are simply mimicking the same directive they got from their parents and so on…But why?
Well, our stomach doesn’t have teeth because our mouth does! If we don’t chew our food enough, which most of us don’t, we end up with food chunks hitting our stomach that end up rotting and decaying in there (that’s where some not so pleasant sound and smell effects can come from, later on). No, the hydrochloric acid in our stomach wasn’t intended to do what our saliva and teeth do.
Saliva is an incredible mixture of enzymes. If the right enzymes aren’t release in saliva and the food isn’t chewed long enough for saliva to do it’s work, undigested starches make it to small intestine and then a gut bacterial party begins. This party can cause serious health issues over the long run.
So let’s just do the easy thing and Chew Your Food at least 20 times. It will take some getting used to. Most of us probably only chew 3-5 times before a swallow. Test yourself and see!