The benefits of eating slowly: Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD)
The faster you eat, the more reflux (risk of GERD).
Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD)
Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD) is a common inflammation most often benign of the esophagus (esophagitis) by reflux of acidic gastric juices which rise from the stomach to the esophagus.
Symptoms of frequent Gastro Esophageal Reflux
To prevent GERD, so-called hygiene and dietary prevention (action on how to eat, action on food) is part of the recommendations by the health authorities. Other actions such as taking medication or hiatus hernia operation can be operated later or in parallel if needed.
40% increase in reflux episodes for fast food
Several studies demonstrate the influence of fast eating on the risk of reflux. One of these studies in 2004, the “Digestive Disease Center” of the Medical University of South Carolina, USA, focuses on 20 healthy volunteers without digestive disorders. It measures the number of episodes of reflux following a single meal ** taken several days apart, once in 5 minutes, the other time in 30 minutes. In these conditions of experience, the finding is a 40% increase in reflux episodes for fast food.
** Chicken Burger, french fries, and soft drink (400 ml). The calorie content of the meal was between 600 and 800 kcal (depending on the beverage selected), the fat content 60% and the volume (including the liquid content) of about 800 ml. After the meal, the subjects were asked to stay sitted.
The Slow Control fork efficient for slowing down and chewing more
Links to international studies
- Subjects with ‘irregular meal pattern’ had higher odds of GERD compared with subjects with ‘regular meal pattern’ (Iran, 2013, 4 763 adults)
- Rapid food intake produces more GERD in healthy volunteers (USA, 2004, 20 adults)
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