Stop shoveling food into your mouth! SLOW IT DOWN!

Takeru Kobayashi may hold several speed records for downing hot dogs, twinkies, meatballs, hamburgers and pasta, but if it weren't for the fact that he (clearly) exercises, he might be headed down a path that is currently affecting 1 in 10 North Americans - Type 2 Diabetes.  Aside from being one of the most common causes of death in the US, Type 2 diabetes is also a major cause of secondary diseases that can also make one's life miserable...or cease to exist.

Eating quickly without paying chewing-speed the proper attention is a pitfall to health for several reasons. Our experts here at the ol Full Circle have routinely maintained that eating quickly not only causes you to overeat due to the delay in “satiety signals”, but also drastically impairs digestion and increases the likelihood of gas, bloating, indigestion and acid reflux.

However, it looks like we can now nail fast eating with yet another problem of epidemic proportions. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate quickly were more than twice as likely (on average), to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate more slowly (OR=2.52, p<0.05). Over 700 subjects participated in the study that accounted for cofounding variables such as family history of the disease, body mass index, waist circumference, educational level, exercise, smoking, triglyceride levels and socioeconomic status. Eating fast has very little benefit and significantly increases your risk for disease. Slow it down, take some time out from your day, and just sit and eat calmly and slowly without distractions. Your body WILL thank you.

Clin Nutr. 2012 Jul 14. PMID: 228007334