It’s no secret we live in a fast-paced world. Most of us feel short on time, rushing to and from work, whilst trying to balance a social life. All of this chaos can leave little time for eating. But what effect is this having on our health? Unfortunately, not a good one.
Fast eating is associated with:
Ideally, we want our meals to last for twenty minutes, and there are good reasons for this.
Firstly, when we eat, a digestive hormone (leptin) sends a signal to our brain telling us we’re full. However, this process is not instantaneous and requires time for the brain to receive the message. The hormone, leptin, is also thought to interact with the happy neurotransmitter, dopamine. The theory has it, that If we eat too quickly this happy hormonal process does not occur.
Secondly, when we eat, stretch receptors in the stomach send signals to our brain. So again,...