Nowadays we chew less and less well. This is due to the rise of smoothies and liquid meals. These are of course easy to drink and very tasty, but are they good for you? And how important is chewing well for your health?
The convenience of liquid food
According to the dentist and epidemiologist Casper Bots, chewing is also very important for dental health. By making chewing movements, you clean your teeth. Your cheeks and tongue also move well and they help with cleaning. When you drink a smoothie, your teeth are not cleaned.
You also get more calories when you drink a lot of smoothies or meal shakes. You don’t feel full as quickly, but you do consume the calories of a whole meal. So if you quickly grab a snack because you are hungry, these calories will be added on top of that.
Chew well for your health
Chewing well is important for your health. Your eating speed also determines the calorie intake of your food. You can finish a slice of white bread in no time, you hardly have to chew. That is not healthy. When you have a whole-wheat sandwich, you chew it more and it takes longer. That is much better for your health. In addition, chewing more slowly ensures that you feel full faster and that you stop eating in time.
Prevent cavities by chewing well
Besides that chewing well is important for your health, it also helps to keep your mouth healthy and strong. By chewing a lot, you make more saliva. Saliva helps to reduce the risk of cavities, according to Casper Bots.
If you suffer from dry mouth for any reason, taking sugar-free gum helps. This stimulates your saliva production and keeps your teeth healthy.