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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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More fast food kills faster

So much is written about how damaging fast food can be to our health. But, I want to specify ways food can hurt us when it enables us to eat fast. Or better, ways food prevents hurting us by forcing us to eat slower.

These are the ‘creative’ ways in which natural foods slow down digestion:

● Fiber. Stuff that cannot be broken down to absorb in the body. Fiber give the muscles of our intestines the workout they need. But they do more. Enzymes need to fish around the fiber to find the nutrients. Put whole grapes in a blender. The skins make the mixture more look like a porridge than a (grape) juice and have good stuff in them for the body. It takes longer to digest a slice of whole-wheat bread than a white one.

That means that everything that can race through your digestive tract is suspect of overloading the blood with stuff we don’t need (sugar, alcohol). This is not to be confused with poison that artificially speeds up a normal-food passage and so hinders proper uptake of its ingredients.

● Chewing. The just mentioned fiber often forces us to chew. A teacher of mine in Med School joked that it takes more calories to chew celery than are in it. But, something else happens when we need to chew. We have more time to taste (and hopefully enjoy) the food. And we get a sense of satisfaction from the chowing. That, too, prevents overeating. Mindless eating doesn’t satisfy as much. If you’re not a hippopotamus, that is.

That means that stuff you gulp away doesn’t give much satisfaction before we swallow it, and leaves our intestines empty in no time. That’s great for manufacturers aiming to sell as much as possible but not for our bodies.

● Peels and Pits. Coconuts and peanuts need peeling. But, even foodstuff we need to cook, often, we need to peel. The outer layer of a beet is toxic. And so are the roots or root beginnings of a potato. Peeling a pomelo takes longer than eating it. Natural citrus fruit, grapes, or pomegranates have so many pits that eating them without swallowing their pits takes so much longer. Even the pit of the avocado prevents us from swallowing it all in one gulp. Looking at food while peeling it, in happy anticipation, also helps us being satisfied with what we will eat soon.

That means that foods that come ready-made may satisfy us less, make us eat more, and, again, this is great for the seller but less for the consumer.

● Natural Tastes. Nature and agriculture offer us such an assortment of tastes. When we savor them, we will eat slowly. Ever spend time relishing the aroma of a simple cucumber, leaf of lattice, or apple? What’s the rush?

That means that we’ll be likely to stuff ourselves when we put salt, burned onions, garlic, sugar, and hot spices on every food. They’ll give their taste to tasteless white junk (white rice, flour, meat, sugar) But, these things harm our health when eaten in any serious amounts, make us addicted, and camouflage the subtle, rich tastes of real food. Now, even the peanuts that go into natural peanut butter are burned as if they’re steaks or coffee beans instead of lightly roasted. Disgusting! Artificial and unifying flavoring takes the fun out of eating, and the savoring, and makes us rush for our fix.

So, if we want to support our health and enjoy our meals, while we eat and for hours afterward, we can do ourselves a favor by having food that is rich in fiber, needs chewing, may need some fiddling, and is naturally tasty.

It’s easy to do this by diverting from popular priority. Not just picking food we like. Only look at worthy foods. Among them, pick what tastes best.

And, if you’d say: I don’t have time to sit at the table forever, there is good news. When we pay attention to what we eat, and the food is as I described above, we’re satisfied faster (and longer) and meals will last the shortest.

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