Study: Benefits of Eating Slowly.

In 2011, Joey Chestnut won the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest by eating some 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

With today’s fast-paced world and our busy schedules, we don’t always make time to really enjoy and savor our meals. In many cases, we’re eating in the car, between meetings or during a quick, 15-minute break from work.

The impact of rushed meals on our health isn’t good. Many studies have linked eating quickly to overeating and obesity.

One reason for this is pretty straightforward: There’s a lag between our stomach being full and our brain feeling full. During that lag, we often continue to eat – not realizing that we’re already full. The faster you eat, the more calories you can consume during that lag.

Now, in a study presented at the joint International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology, researchers have identified eating speed as a risk factor for type II diabetes. According to the study, fast eaters are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from type II diabetes than slow eaters – even after adjusting for other risk factors (like family history, education, exercise, body mass index, waist circumference, cigarette smoking and plasma triglyceride levels).

Though type II diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors, some 285 million people (and counting) suffer from the condition world-wide. As type II diabetes approaches pandemic levels, it’s important to understand all the risk factors – including, now, the speed at which we eat.

Moreover, from a spiritual perspective, I think it’s important to take time to enjoy your meal. Though I’m often guilty of wolfing down my food, eating slowly makes it easier to be thankful for the food you’re consuming. And such feelings of gratitude and awareness tend to go a long way.

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Comments

  1. This is really good advice, and something people don’t hear often enough. Even some of the best athletes I know, guys who have been bodybuilding since their teens, forget and will gulp down a huge protein shake in seconds, or finish the entire steak in a few minutes.

    I’ve even been guilty of doing it myself — especially after a really hard workout, especially when I’m on my “cutting” phase and I always feel a little bit hungry anyway.

    So as tough as it is to remember (especially when you’re HUNGRY) it’s great to keep in mind.

  2. I’m disappointed in the fact that you didn’t mention the other, more important health benefits of eating slowly. First off, your body is able to absorb a lot more nutrients from the food you are eating if you chew it well. Moreover, it makes it easier on your digestive system to break the food down, which results in a healthier system overall and thus lowering your risk of producing any of the number of cancers, ulcers, and other illnesses that can occur in our digestive tracks. They also say one should chew their shakes (especially ones made with plenty of fruits and vegetables) as the saliva that you produce will help in the absorption of the nutrients from the food you are eating.

    All the best!

  3. Regarding your photo of Joey Chestnut, there is something that people don’t really know about him and other “professional eaters”: many of them eat VERY healthy and exercise, because fat layers impede the stomach stretching that is needed to eat as much as they do in these contests. That’s why guys like Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi are so successful at these competitions; they take the time to slowly stretch their stomachs for the volume, but work off the extra calories to ensure it doesn’t interfere with their abilities.

    So again, eating slowly is better for you overall.

  4. dear davey, you text should be promoted as a papal bull… tasting every flavor of a good meal produces a kind of state of mind.
    congratuilations, your text is very informative.

  5. christopher says:

    throughout my current weight loss-i do eat slowly-just maybe there is a connection to all of this.

  6. “eating slowly makes it easier to be thankful for the food you’re consuming.”

    and youll have less gas afterward.. which were all thankful for.. 😉