Slow eaters could be burning more calories

Chewing less quickly can help burn more calories, according to a school of medicine started in India called Ayurveda.

Eating slowly doesn't seem to make a big difference nutritionally speaking, but researchers believe it may help control appetite and weight gain.

One study found chewing until "no lumps remain" could burn around 10 extra calories for a 300-calorie meal.

On the other hand, eating quickly barely burns any calories.

Other studies said chewing more has led both obese and lean people to eat less, helping them be mindful of their appetites.

It's hard to say if the pace of the eating and the amount of chewing are responsible for weight changes, but perhaps slow and steady wins the race.

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