Enjoy and Taste Your Food
If you rush through your meal with hardly any chewing, you’re also not really tasting or
enjoying the food. When you take the time to properly chew your food, it forces you to slow
down, savor each morsel and really enjoy all the flavors your food has to offer.
How to Chew Your Food Properly
The way you chew is unique to you and is probably deeply ingrained by this point in your
life. In other words, you’ll likely need to make a conscious effort to change the way you chew,
but the good news is you can start with your next meal. There are many theories about how
many times you should, ideally, chew each piece of food. The Times of India recently
highlighted Horace Fletcher, a late-1800s health-food guru (also known as “The Great
Masticator”) who was famous for chewing each bite 100 times before swallowing (and to this he
attributed his good health, strength and endurance).
You needn’t be this strict, however, as the amount of chewing a food requires will
obviously vary depending on its type and texture. Here’s a guide to ensure that you’re chewing
in a way that will support your health. Generally speaking, you’ll want to eat in a relaxed, non-
distracted environment; eating on the run or while you’re working or watching TV is not
conducive to proper chewing.
Take smaller bites of food to begin with (it’s easier to chew smaller morsels)
Chew slowly and steadily
Chew until your mouthful of food is liquefied or lost all of its texture
Finish chewing and swallowing completely before taking another bite of food
Wait to drink fluids until you’ve swallowed.