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5 Reasons to Chew Thoroughly

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1. Digestion starts in the mouth

Many people would say that they start digesting their food after it is swallowed, but the crucial first step of the digestion process begins in the mouth as you chew. Chewing signals the salivary glands to start producing saliva and informs the body that it will be receiving food, and allows it more time to prepare for digestion. The more you chew, the more saliva is mixed in with your food before it is swallowed, and this is very beneficial.

Despite the fact that human saliva consists of 98% water, it is extremely potent and contains important enzymes, as well as other substances such as compounds with antibacterial properties, mucus,and electrolytes. The salivary enzymes begin the process of breaking the food down chemically while the teeth work to reduce the size of the pieces of food that the digestive system will soon have to deal with. These enzymes break down carbohydrates and starches into simple sugars, and the longer you chew, the less the rest of your system will have to work on breaking down these substances.

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Laura Shults is working to spread peace through veganism, and is devoted to finding the truth through love and harmony.


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8:10AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing

3:31PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

informative. thanks

10:06AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012


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8:32PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Thank you for the excellent article . Chewing and eating slow are good and healthing eating habits for maintaining healthy life style. I used to eat very fast due to time constraint and suffered the bad consequence. I learnt to eat slow now and enjoy the food with gratitude !

8:24AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:57PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

These are all good reasons to chew more, I am certainly going to try to do so from now on!

12:31AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

4:42PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Great article that explains the 'why' of chewing slowly very well. I never knew why I needed to slow down and chew chew chew, and though I've gotten better at it over the years, I finally know. I like Kristen B's comment, and I will try that one. thank you for the aticle..

10:05AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thank you! So true!

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