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The Benefits of eating slowly

In certain countries and cultures, a meal can last for hours. People sit around a table and they talk, eat and drink. In the U.S. that doesn’t happen anymore.The average meal is 11 minutes long – with some breakfasts and lunches lasting barely 2 minutes.
Taste Your Food: One obvious benefit to eating more slowly is that you will taste your food more. Ifyou double the amount of time it takes you to eat a meal, you’ll experience more of the flavors, textures and smells of the food you eat. Your food will become more interesting.

Lose Weight:While you are slowing down, you might find that you learn to stop eating sooner. You might notice that you are full and don’t need that extra bite. Studies show that "fullness" is a complex conceptthat combines the number of times you chew, the time you spend eating, the look of the food on the plate, as well as the actual amount of food you eat. Slow down and you may feel full with less.Be More Social: Eating can be a social event. Meals are a time when people gather and spend time together. By taking more time at a meal, you’ll be able to talk with your friends and family more,improve relationships and feel more connected.

Improve Your Digestion: Eating slower gives your stomach more time to start working on the food. When you send an entire meal down your throat in 5minutes, you may find yourself suffering from indigestion. Instead, take 20 minutes to eat the same amount of food. Your stomach will have a much easier job. Eating slower might also result in youchewing more, giving your stomach a head start in the digestive process.

Reduces stress: Eating slowing we enjoy the food feeling the flavors, having a great conversation while eating. These thingsare a great mind ex ercise. Fast eaters tend to think about what he need to do next, making themselves unhealthy, stressed out and unhappy. Slow eating is a great way to build up your concentration.
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