We all have times when we eat much too fast ( and too much!) but it can really lead to some digestive problems. When we are eating too fast are teeth are not able to break down food thoroughly. And since chewing stimulates the stomach and pancreas to squirt out their digestive juices and prepare for food, it makes it difficult for the stomach to break the food down. This can all lead to indigestion, heartburn, stomach pains and possibly much more.
Optimally, we should be chewing our foods for 10 seconds. That seems crazy long but for some foods it is reasonable. When the kids were little, we would hum and count to 10 while we ate. It was a game but definitely showed the kids the importance of slowing down and really just enjoying the food!
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