How you eat matters for your health as much as what you eat
How we eat can have a greater effect on health than what we eat. Slowly or quickly? Do we savor our food or eat while working? Alone or in company? How we consume food has an impact not only on our enjoyment of the meal but also on our health.
Fast eating leads to digestive problems, overeating, dissatisfaction with food, and overall lower quality of life. Conversely, when we savor food with all our senses, we may experience greater satisfaction with our meals, better digestion, lower weight, and fewer cravings for sweets and binge eating episodes.
Why does how we eat matter?
How to eat better:
Why do nutritionists in France promote snacking on pastries and sweets?
In Sweden, there’s a concept called ‘fika.’
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