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Words of holiday nutrition wisdom: eat slowly

Want to make better eating decisions this holiday season? Slow down, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

“As you are eating, it takes about 20 minutes for you to feel full, so the slower you eat, the fuller you will get over time,” said Dr. John Foreyt, professor of medicine at BCM and director of the school’s Behavioral Medicine Research Center.

Foreyt says that if you want to eat less at meal time, start with something light, like a salad, and eat slowly. 

“If you eat too fast, you’re putting more calories in before your stomach can tell you that you’re full,” he said.

Foreyt also said many people mistake thirst for hunger so that the body thinks it needs food when it really needs water. He recommends that the way to determine whether the feeling is hunger or thirst is to drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes before eating anything. If the feeling is hunger, it won’t go away; if it’s thirst you’ll feel satisfied.

- News wire services

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