Chewing food more reduces appetite after eating

Researchers from the U.S. have found that chewing your food more could reduce appetite. Twenty-one healthy males were recruited for this research and after fasting overnight all consumed a fixed amount of pizza provided in equal-sized portions. They were instructed to chew each portion either fifteen or forty times before swallowing. Subjective appetite was measured by appetite questionnaires before the meal and at regular intervals for 3 hours after the meal. Blood samples were taken to measure the hormones associated with appetite.

Chewing food 40 times compared to 15 times led to lower hunger, lower preoccupation with food and a reduced desire to eat. There was also a change in hunger hormones. There was no difference in feeling of fullness however and food intake at the next meal did not change.

 

 

 

Posted: 18/09/2013 11:52:25 by Laura Keaver


 

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