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Video: Five Health Risks Associated With Eating Fast
Five health risks associated with eating fast
The habit of eating quickly leads to higher calorie intake, weight gain and an increased risk of disease.
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It's not just what you eat that matters to health, but the speed at which you do it. Health experts claim that people eat too fast, while it takes about 15-20 minutes to properly digest and control portion sizes. In recent years, research has shown that swallowing chunks of food instead of chewing them thoroughly can pose a number of health risks.
Diabetes. A Lithuanian study draws attention to diabetes as a possible consequence of fast food intake. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, a condition in which cells in the body do not respond properly to the production of this hormone.
“When people eat fast, they tend not to feel full and are more likely to overeat. Rapid eating causes large fluctuations in glucose levels, which can lead to insulin resistance,”says Dr. Takayuki Yamaji, a cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan.
Heart problems. Dr. Yamaji was the lead author of a study in which participants were divided into 3 groups based on their meal speed: slow, normal, and high. According to the results, among the "sprinters" had the highest percentage of earning metabolic syndrome, in which the likelihood of heart disease and stroke is significantly increased.
Metabolic syndrome includes risk factors such as high blood pressure, deficiency in HDL cholesterol (known as "good cholesterol"), and weight gain.
"In the future, metabolic syndrome may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease," the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement.
Obesity. According to an American study, fast food intake leads to a decrease in satisfaction, but an increase in the number of calories consumed, significantly increasing the risk of obesity. By absorbing food too quickly, the body cannot signal the feeling of fullness in a timely manner.
“Swallowing food whole will make you miss these signals, whereas if you slowed down, you would give your brain enough time to receive these signals and stop once you realize that this is all you need,” explains Dr. Amanda Foti (Amanda Foti), Senior Nutritionist at the Selvera Weight Management Program.
Acid reflux. Unchewed food that enters the stomach quickly and in large quantities can lead to acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid is released into the esophagus and causes a burning sensation. Complications associated with this include indigestion, heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain, and difficulty swallowing. Also, if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you should not drink every bite you swallow.
Risk of choking. In both children and adults, chunks of food can get stuck in their throats if they are swallowed too quickly and not chewed enough. Talking or laughing while eating is known to increase this risk.
“You can actually choke on something. You need to make sure you are chewing properly and not swallowing in large chunks,”cautions Joan Salge Blake, professor of nutrition at Boston University and spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. …