The Dangers Of Eating Too Fast Go Beyond Choking And Heartburn

April 6, 2018

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Mom was right!  You need to slow down and not eat so fast! Besides the obvious issue of chocking on your food as it flies down your throat, there are many short term and long term health concerns.  In the short-term, you can give yourself indigestion (the symptoms of which can range from feeling heavy in your stomach, to feeling like you're having a literal heart attack), because your stomach is having trouble properly processing so much food at once. In the long-term, fast eating can lead to a disassociation between your hunger and your eating patterns. When you eat really quickly, the outlet explains, you might not be paying attention to exactly how much food you need to feel satisfied, and over time, you might stop noticing those signals in your body that tell you when you're still hungry versus when you feel full. So what is the proper speed?  It takes about 20-30 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it's time to stop and that is when you feel full. For that reason, you should try to take around the same amount of time to eat your meal. That way, if you're still hungry after 20 minutes, you can comfortably continue eating, or you can stop eating, because you now know that you're actually full, thus saving yourself from that mid-afternoon crash from an especially big meal.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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