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Nov 18, 2013 07:22 PM

How many times do you chew a bite of food?

Assuming you chew, of course?

Do you pay attention?

Many scientists say the optimal number of chews per average bite of food is around 10 chews.

Personally, I don't think I chew my average bite of food 10 times. Certainly not things like PB&J, and even things like dry cereal, I don't think I go for more than 5 or 6, tops.


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  1. I fletcherize my food. Can't chew too much, I always say.

    8 Replies
    1. re: ferret

      Read what Mary Roach has to say about Fletcher and his endless chewing in "Gulp-Adventures on the Alimentary Canal".

      1. re: DonShirer

        Is this like counting sheep to fall asleep?

        1. re: Veggo

          i'm pretty sure it is like chewing like sheep.

        2. re: DonShirer

          I did. Just wondering if anyone would catch teh obscure reference.

              1. re: GraydonCarter

                i have received fundraising pleas from the anti-mastication league, but i yet have to fork over any dough.

                i may have to ruminate on that decision, though.

                1. re: alkapal

                  I've contributed to the American Civil Mastication Union a time or two.

        3. Well, I just did pay attention upon seeing this while eating a rice cake with lemon curd. Each bite was chewed twenty-five to thirty times, with the longer chew times a result of more little rice husks in the bite, and the husks are sort of pleasant to chew. The rest of my food? I'd guess I rarely chew anything fewer than ten times (and likely longer) given the food I eat tends to need that. I am also on the slower side of the spectrum of eaters, so that plays in. But really, I just like chewing my food a little longer. It...tastes good.

          1. Six.Then I gulp it down like a labrador. In between bites, less than a minute.Depends if I'm eating with someone.It may take longer.

            1. That would depend on what I'm eating specifically. If I enjoy something...then I try to savor for as long as possible with more chews.. ...If it's something not very interesting to begin with, then not so much.

              Think FOF as opposed to simple steamed fish without aromatics.