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Food Tastes Better When You Chew Slowly? No More A Hearsay!

Update Date: Nov 19, 2015 12:23 PM EST
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Based on new findings, it turns out that the way you eat and chew your food does actually help it taste better. Rather than eating food just for the sake of it, enjoying and savoring each and every bite can make your gourmet experience even more exciting.

Experts have found that the way our mouths are structured allow us to have a slight trace and indication of food in terms of aroma which ultimately enhances the essence of food we take in. In order to amplify the flavor and tang of food, it is essential to enjoy food and that can only happen if we breathe slow and calmly during the process.

Backing up the research, Huffington Post writes "It confirms that there is a pathway for volatiles from the mouth to the nasal cavity for stimulating smell while there is food and drink in our mouths, of which we are totally unconscious (we erroneously think it is due to taste in the mouth)," Dr. Gordon Shepherd, professor of neuroscience at Yale University and a co-author of the study, told The Huffington Post in an email. "It provides new evidence to help us understand what happens when we eat and drink."

The researchers initiated the study by developing a model of the human mouth, nasal area as well as the mouth. Using the model from 3D printer, they scrutinized the air flow during the eating process and determined how the air tends to flow when we chew food. After deep analysis, the examiners established that molecules from food particles known as volatiles are accumulated at the back of the mouth, which are then carried towards the nasal cavity with the help of exhaled air. The respective smell and scent is then picked up by olfactory receptor neurons present in the nose. This is how nasal cavity gathers smell and allow us to relish food fragrances through the process named as retronasal smell.

Medical Daily claims "Smooth, relatively slow breathing maximizes delivery of the particles to the nose," said the study's co-author Rui Ni, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, in a statement. "Food smells and tastes better if you take your time."

In a nutshell, the way you breathe can determine how attractive food seems. You can practice the art of breathing while taking in food and get the most out of it, whether it is your home cooked meal or some high end restaurant menu. In order to attain maximum pleasure and satisfaction, you can easily take out the maximum flavor by practicing the techniques of patience and slow breathing.

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