Mastication or chewing is the process by which food is crushed and ground by teeth. It is the first step of digestion and for good health, and it increases the surface area of foods to allow more efficient break down by enzymes which is good. During the mastication process, the food is positioned by the cheek and tongue between the teeth for grinding. The muscles of mastication move the jaws to bring the teeth into intermittent contact, repeatedly occluding and opening.
As chewing continues, the food is made softer and warmer, and the enzymes in saliva begin to break down carbohydrates in the food. After chewing, the food (now called a bolus) is swallowed. It enters the esophagus and via peristalsis continues on to the stomach, where the next step of digestion occurs. This helps to ensure good physical health.
Here’s why chewing your food properly is considered good for your health and important!
1) The Obvious
Chewing breaks your food down from large particles into smaller particles that are more easily digested.
2) Absorbing Nutrients
Chewing makes it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients and energy from the food particles as they pass through, while also preventing improperly digested food from entering your blood and causing a wide range of not good effects to your health.
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3) Weight Control
The longer you chew, the more time it will take you to finish a meal, and research shows that eating slowly can help you to eat less and, ultimately, to avoid weight gain or even lose weight.
Alternatively, you can shout this at top of your lungs when someone offers you food if weight lose is what you’re looking for.