Really interesting... I've recently read 2 other articles with similar "points" (one in Women's Health and one on SparkPeople), but this one goes more in depth.
Yes. We're eating, in essence, adult baby food. Twenty years ago the average chews per bite was about 20, now it's two or three. The food goes down in a whoosh and it's very stimulating. It's layered and loaded with fat, sugar and salt. It's as if you have a roller coaster going on in your mouth. You get stimulated, it disappears instantly and you reach for more.</blockquote>
SO TRUE... I remember my dad telling me to chew 30 times before swallowing my food when I was a kid, but every time I actually tried it, the food was mush way before I hit 30.
Compare that to the bite of sausage I just ate... 35 chews before I swallowed, and it wasn't even a big bite.