How many times should I chew my food?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Not only does scarfing down your food prevent you from truly enjoying the taste of your meal, new research links this habit to an increased risk of diabetes. Enjoy your food and prevent raising your risk of diabetes by eating each meal slowly and chewing each bite thoroughly, 20 times. Or, if chewing your food that many times becomes tiresome, at least put down your fork each time that you take a bite to slow yourself down and eat less.

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