I went to an Intro to Macrobiotics class last night. I'm so very interested in eating for health. The foods used just happen to be my favorites so it's easy for me to move toward a more macrobiotic diet. Grains, beans, legumes and veggies, veggies and more veggies. The one thing the instructor really stressed was CHEW your FOOD. He said chewing 50 - 100 times for each mouthful is optimal.
Food should be liquified in your mouth using the gastric juices created by your saliva before you swallow. I think of how often I have chewed 4 - 5 times and swallow. He says we get much more nutrients out of the food we eat if we allow the mouth to do it's job. So I tried it this morning. It took a long time to eat my Rice-n-Rye w/ butternut squash for breakfast. but I feed I'm doing my body good. chew, chew, chew.