For ages, mothers have admonished children to slow down and chew their food. It turns out they’re onto something.
Researchers have found evidence that when people wolf their food, they end up consuming more calories than they would at a slower pace. One reason is the effect of quicker ingestion on hormones.
In one recent study, scientists found that when a group of subjects were given an identical serving of ice cream on different occasions, they released more hormones that made them feel full when they ate it in 30 minutes instead of 5.
In other words, it can’t hurt to slow down and savor your meals.
Sources: New York Times February 22, 2010