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A Holiday Tip For Eating Less and Not Feeling Deprived

Posted Nov 23 2009 12:00am

A recent study looked at bite sizes and length of chewing on hunger and overall food intake. Participants were split into groups: Some group chewed for three or nine seconds to see if chewing more slowly impacted how much they ate overall. They also varied the size of the bite. The found that those who ate the smallest bite sizes, five grams, and chewed each bite longer, nine seconds, felt full sooner and ate 65 percent less food than those who ate 15-gram bites and chewed for only three seconds. To feel fuller and eat less overall this holiday season, try chewing a 5 gram bite, the equivalent size of 3 jelly beans, and also, try counting to 9 while chewing each bite.

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