The benefits of eating slowly: NAFLD or Fatty Liver Disease (NASH)

Eating quickly increases the risk of developing a fatty liver.

Liver disease

NAFLD or fatty liver disease is a disease that occurs when the liver starts to store excess fat for various reasons.

Fast eating is correlated with prevalence of NAFLD

Several studies confirm correlation in between speed of eating and prevalence of NAFLD

- 2016 Korean study out of 7917 adults statistically measured the advancement of NAFLD’s degree in fast eaters compared to slow eaters. “As the speed of eating increases, the risk of NAFLD also increases”

- 2016 Japanese study of 2,224 adults, * (1), measured the effects of eating fast and eating before falling asleep and concluded that “earlier intervention to change these poor eating behaviors may be helpful. to prevent NAFLD. “

- A 2019, Iranian study, of 630 adults correlates lifestyle characteristics with prevalence o NAFLD: " were associated with presence of NAFLD (all p < 0.05)."

Looking for the causes

1 - It is proven that fast eaters eat in larger quantities, which increases liver response and then might favour prevalence of NAFLD.

2 - Several research pinpoint "Increased intestinal permeability and tight junction alterations in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.".

our work hypothesis at Slow Control is that a part of the cause that correlates fast eating with NAFLD lies in the poor chewing with fast eater that ends in causing intestinal permeability which then favours NAFLD. This is not scientifically proven yet, but you can see preliminary article working on that hypothesis on https://slowcontrol.com/en-us/mag/science/science/the-benefits-of-eating-slowly-intestines-and-colon

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