Chewing More Helps to Eat Less
A new research study has found that chewing more leads to intake of fewer calories, helping to control weight. In the study, people who chewed food 40 times, much more than the average 15 times, consumed 12% lesser calories. These findings were reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The research was conducted at China’s Harbin Medical University. The researchers also looked at the effects of chewing more on blood sugar levels and hormones that control appetite. They found that chewing more lowered the levels of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone, and enhanced the levels of CCK, an appetite-reducing hormone.
Chewing duration had no impact on insulin or blood sugar levels. The researchers say the 12% cut in calorie intake caused by chewing more can lead to significant weight loss as a person can lose about 25 pounds in a single year by reducing their calorie consumption by 12%.
The CDC reveals that 33% of Americans are obese. Obesity can cause health problems like diabetes and heart disease. It is estimated that the medical costs of obesity total more than $200 billion each year.