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Not chewing food properly? You could face these health problems

Not chewing food properly? You could face these health problems
It is important to chew the food well before swallowing. © Shutterstock

As kids, you might remember how your mother kept telling you that chewing your food properly was very important. After reading this, you would really want to thank her.

Written by Aishwarya Iyer |Published : September 10, 2018 12:48 PM IST

Food is, perhaps one of those things that we must thoroughly enjoy. Believe it or not, it is one thing that we all want to enjoy. In order to taste food well, we must chew the food well. Everyone knows that chewing your food well is very important. Chewing your food well before swallowing plays a pivotal role.

Apart from promoting a good dental health, it aids in your digestion too. Not only this, it has a host of health benefits. Dr Ankita Ghag, clinical Executive, InBody gives us 5 reasons why not chewing your food properly could be bad for your health:

  • Digestive problem: Not chewing food properly can lead to many digestive issues. It causes heartburn, constipation and acid reflux. Chewing is actually a pre-digestive process wherein you are already breaking down the food to be utilized for your body. When you don't chew your food, you put your body through the whole process of digestion wherein it will use up a great amount of energy.

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  • Poor absorption of nutrients: When the food isn't chewed properly, it would lead to poor digestion and also poor absorption of vitamins and minerals in food.

  • Increases the risk of food poisoning: Food poisoning is another risk that comes with not chewing properly.

  • Mood swings: When the digestion of food isn't completed, it could cause gas to fill your stomach and this could make you uncomfortable, causing you to have a sour mood.

  • Weight gain: When you don't chew your food properly, or eat too fast, it is making you prone to weight gain. This is due to a basic understanding that the longer you take to chew, the longer you take to finish eating, which, in turn will help you to eat or consume less. Research has proven that the longer you take to eat, the lesser you eat in terms of quantity.