A new eating style
“So many people have forgotten how to eat—they can only gobble,” said French chef Paul Bocuse.
You can see for yourself how some people inhale their food in restaurants. Most people think that digestion begins in the stomach, but this is erroneous. Digestion begins in the mouth. Actually, it begins even earlier: in the kitchen.
There’s good reason why humans invented the cultural element of cooking, thereby rendering many more foods edible.
Today’s “raw food” fans will only eat a potato raw once! When cooked, whether baked or roasted, a potato is a tasty tidbit. But we’ll return to cooking later when we discuss main dishes.
First, let’s look again at how digestion begins in the mouth; that’s what we have teeth and saliva for. Teeth work mechanically to break food up. Saliva, which is produced in the glands around the oral cavity, begins to break the food down chemically.
The salivary glands release up to 1.5 liters of saliva daily. Saliva renders the food paste-like, so that, pre-digested, it slides more easily into the esophagus. The better mixed with saliva the food is, the easier the digestion will be in the stomach. Whoever chews well won’t have a lump in their belly.