Slow down your speed of eating or you may suffer from some serious health effects.
Speed eating could make you more likely to become obese or develop metabolic syndrome because eating quickly may cause fluctuations in your blood sugar, which can lead to insulin resistance.
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
It is linked to the three risk factors which include abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure and high triglycerides.
The results of a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, suggest that gobbling down your food may seriously harm your cardiometabolic health which increases your risk of becoming obese or developing metabolic syndrome.
A team of scientists from the Hiroshima University in Japan examined 642 men and 441 women with an average age of 51.2 years, none of whom had metabolic syndrome in 2008.
The participants were divided into three categories based on their usual eating speed: slow, normal or fast.
After five years, the team found that fast eaters were more likely (11.6 percent) to have developed metabolic syndrome than those who ate at a normal speed. (6.5 percent) and slow eaters (2.3 percent).
Eating too quickly may also add an extra size to your waistline, weight gain and high blood sugar.
Taking the time to chew your food slowly and swallow it properly gives your brain time to process the feeling of fullness which may signal you to stop eating earlier.
Takayuki Yamaji, study author and cardiologist at Hiroshima University in Japan said,
“Eating more slowly may be a crucial lifestyle change to help prevent metabolic syndrome.”
“When people eat fast they tend not to feel full and are more likely to overeat. Eating fast causes bigger glucose fluctuation, which can lead to insulin resistance. We also believe our research would apply to a U.S. population.”
In the United States, obesity has reached up to 671 million adults in 2016 and another 1.3 billion considered overweight.