Eating quickly can make you feel bad once you finish the meal, but there are actually many other reasons why you shouldn’t do it. If you enjoy your meal instead of avidly munching on it, your chances of struggling with obesity and metabolic disturbances are much lower. If you eat too quickly, your blood sugar fluctuates, which favorizes the insulin resistance.
Eating quickly favorizes metabolic syndrome
Eating quickly is one of the factors which speed up the development of metabolic syndrome. Instead of being a disease, this syndrome is a combination of factors which put you at risk of diabetes, heart disease, or of suffering a stroke. Also, the factors which contribute to the syndrome are high blood pressure, high levels of blood sugar, high levels of triglycerides, obesity, and low levels of good cholesterol.
There are a few ways to keep these indicators under normal levels, and one of them is easier than you would have expected. Experts from the American Heart Association say one method to keep the body under control is to avoid eating quickly. To prove this hypothesis, they developed a study published in the journal Circulation.
Those people who ate quickly had gained weight more easily and had higher blood sugar
The study started in 2008, and it looked at 441 women and 642 men aged 51.2 on average. None of the participants suffered from metabolic syndrome when the study started. Then, they were all split into three categories, according to how they described their eating speed.
After five years, researchers reassessed the participants, and discovered a discrepancy. Those who had reported eating quickly had higher chances to have developed metabolic syndrome than those who ate at a normal or low speed. As expected, the people from the first category had gained weight more quickly and had high blood sugar.
The secret lies in the brain receiving all the signals it needs. If you chew on your food slowly, it has all the time it needs to perceive when you’re feeling full. This way, you are less likely to overeat.
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