The benefits of eating slowly: Calories, quantity
Eating fast makes you eat more.
Taste and calories
Studies converge to show that even before food is swallowed, senses of smell, texture, color and taste, trigger a complex cascade of nervous and hormonal stimulus loops that prepare the whole body for a meal.
Stimulation of the brain by the senses during the meal (Shepherd, Nature 2006.)
“The time spent on food within the mouth is particularly important because it stimulates the senses of taste and smell. The taste system is a nutrient sensing system that informs the brain and the gastrointestinal system of what is happening in our body. A slower diet can help the human body associate the sensory signals of foods with their metabolic consequences. Foods that are consumed quickly can be detrimental to this association and thus lead to overconsumption of energy and, ultimately, weight gain.”
Chris de Graaf – COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY GROUP
Tips to make you drink more soda
Adding sparkling to sugary drinks helps increase consumption.
The more sparkling is the drink, the less time it is kept in the mouth. With a sparkling drink, the senses of taste detect poorly the calories ingested. The response of satiety is not adequate and we drink more.
11% fewer calories
The famous Melanson Study 2008 – Journal of the American Dietetic Association – USA even measured the difference in calories between slow and fast eaters in healthy women and resulted in a difference of 11% of calories less for the slow-eating group than the fast-eating group on the same meal.
The Slow Control fork efficient for slowing down and chewing more
Links to international studies
- A slower eating rate was associated with lower energy intake incomparison to a faster eating rate (Suisse, 2013, 160 adults)
- Slower eating helps the human body to associate the sensory signals from food with theirmetabolic consequences. (USA, 2013, 15 adults)
- Foods that can be eaten quickly lead to high food intake and low satiating effects. The reason is that these foods only provide brief periods of sensory exposure (Hollande, 2010, articles review)
- Un taux de consommation plus lent est associé à un apport énergétique réduit par rapport à un taux de consommation plus rapide (Suisse, 2013, 160 personnes)
- Slow rates of ingestion led to significant decreases in energy intake (quick: 645.7+/-155.9 kcal;slow: 579.0+/-154.7 kcal) (USA, 2008, 30 adults)
- Bite size and oral-sensory exposure time couldcontribute to higher satiation within a meal for equal calories. (Suisse, 2013, 15 adults)
- The olfactif system is blocked when one eats too quickly (USA, 2015)
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