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Food Myth #11: There is no harm in eating fast. Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy In a world in which the success you achieve is related to the speed with which you move, it has come to pass for many people that food is eaten in an unconscious and speedy manner. This would work well, if digestion were a process which happened only in the stomach and small intestine and required no chewing. The fact is, however, that digestion begins in the mouth in two ways. First starchy foods begin to be digested with ptyalin and amylase contained in the saliva secreted by the salivary glands located in the mouth. The tongue secretes lingual lipase which begins the digestion of fats. If you bolt your food down, there is insufficient time for these starches to be digested, and the first stage of starch digestion is missed. Second, and this is very important to realize, is that your teeth are your most important organs of digestion. They cut and grind the food, so that it can later come into contact with digestive enzymes in the stomach and small intestine. If you eat fast you end up swallowing food which is not thoroughly cut and ground. Some of this food will pass straight through you without contacting the appropriate digestive enzymes. The nutritional value of this food is wasted. You are left hungry, eating more than you really need and putting an additional burden on the digestive tract, not to mention your waistline. In this case, follow your mother's adviceeat slowly!

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