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Mom Was Right: Chew Your Food Thoroughly To Get The Most Nutrient Benefits

July 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
It’s official: what mom said about taking the time to chew your food thoroughly is backed by science. According to a U.S. researcher who conducted a study on chewing and digesting almonds, the smaller the particle size the greater the “bioaccessibility” of the energy from the food being consumed. For the study, participants chewed almonds 10 times, 25 times or 40 times. Researchers measured their fecal fat and energy lost by the number of chews. The fewer the chews, the greater the number of larger particles were eliminated. With more chews, smaller particles were more readily absorbed into the system.
Dr. Roger Clemens, "Chew More to Retain More Energy", News release, panel discussion at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 15, 2013, © Institute of Food Technologists
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