Thursday, July 22, 2010

Big Bites May Help You Lose Weight

Looks like the old-school advice to chew your food properly and slowly is not always best for health, as a new research has displayed that chewing food less and taking big bites can help people avoid weight gain.

A team, led by the University of Canterbury, has discovered that taking larger bites and chewing food less can make people feel full longer and thereby assist in regulating the weight, as the food gets broken down more slowly in the stomach.

This showcased that people can feel fuller for longer and the slow release of energy could be burned off over time.

"The way people chew the food depends more on the food's properties, not the individual, so you can design food which people won't chew much and (food they) will chew a lot," team leader Marco Morgenstern said.

In their research, the scientists discovered that their results included the advantages of chewing whole-oat muesli and wholegrain bread, which made people feel satisfied for longer. Pasta was also found to have a slow-release energy.

The research team has also formulated an online diet program called Aspire for Life which has been clinically tested at Otago University.

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