Chew More to Gain More Energy

10 chews, 20 chews, 30 chews... just keep chewing

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Need a boost? Count to 40 and chew. Not only does chewing help with digestion, but it also gives more you energy. It’s not about how big the bite is; it’s about how much you chew, according to Science Daily.

A study found that the more you chew, the less energy is lost and the more energy is retained in the body. In the study, participants chewed almonds 10 times, 25 times, and 40 times, and researchers measured their fecal fat and energy lost by number of chews.

"Particle size has bioaccessibility of the energy of the food that is being consumed," said Dr. Richard Mattes, professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University. The study found that with fewer chews, larger particles were removed by the body and that with more chews, smaller particles were more easily absorbed.

Foods that are high-energy sources include nuts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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