Hectic meals: hasty food is so unhealthy
In the morning a bun while standing, a quick snack on the way to work and a quick bite to eat in the office: stress and hectic pace also affects our eating habits. This in turn has an impact on health.
Fast food can make you sick
If you gulp down your food, we tend to be overweight. But hasty food has even more negative effects on our health, as Japanese researchers found in a study. They found that eating quickly could also benefit stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, among other things.
Increased risk of obesity
Preliminary research was presented at a conference of the American Heart Association (AHA) in California, which found that people who eat slowly are less likely to become obese as fast-eaters and less likely to develop a metabolic syndrome.
The four main risks of the metabolic syndrome - excessive obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and disturbed fat metabolism - are associated with an increased risk of diseases such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
According to an AHA announcement, cardiologist Takayuki Yamaji from Hiroshima University and his team examined over 1,000 healthy Japanese people for the long-term study.
The researchers found that after five years, 11.6 percent of the quick-eaters had the metabolic syndrome.
In those subjects who ate slower than normal, the value dropped to 2.3 percent.
Prevent metabolic syndrome
"Eating slower can be a major lifestyle change to prevent metabolic syndrome," says Takayuki Yamaji. "When people eat fast, they tend not to feel full and tend to eat too much."
The study author believes that the results of the study can also be transferred to the American population.
According to Dr. Nieca Goldberg, cardiologist and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, has also shown in previous studies that fast food can be associated with higher weight and health problems.
If you eat quickly, you probably eat more. "If you eat slowly, you are more aware of your food. They chew their food properly and also slow down digestion, ”Goldberg told Time magazine.
This also makes you feel full. Another advantage: Eating at rest can prevent bloating.
Leave time when eating
According to the doctor, it is ideal to plan at least 30 minutes for a meal. Eating at work is one of the worst things you can do.
It's best to eat in the kitchen, dining room, or restaurant. And if at the desk, then without working at the same time.
"Even if it only takes half an hour, it is better than in ten minutes while emails are answered," said the AHA spokeswoman.
She suggests eating with a friend, cutting the food into smaller pieces, chewing more, taking a deep breath, and placing the fork between the bites. (ad)