What are the benefits of eating with chopsticks?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Ever tried to get a big bite of food to your mouth with chopsticks? It doesn’t matter how skilled you are with these Eastern eating utensils, you can’t do it. Using chopsticks forces you to slow down, eat deliberately, and take smaller mouthfuls of food, resting in between bites and giving your stomach time to tell your brain that it is getting full. Try eating with chopsticks for a week. If you find it too frustrating after that, you can return to a fork, but your week of chopstick practice will help you learn how to slow down and eat more deliberately. If you love it, stick with it!


This content originally appeared on

Continue Learning about Eating and Society

3 Tips to Buy Healthy Groceries on a Budget
3 Tips to Buy Healthy Groceries on a Budget
Sources can be hard to pinpoint. If someone asked you, “What’s the major source of junk food in the American diet,” and you answered, “Convenience sto...
Read More
What does the phrase “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” mean?
Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPHDr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Michael Pollan, a nutrition writer and activist for food-related policy change, has emerged as s...
More Answers
Is the green revolution limited to grains?
Michael T. Murray, NDMichael T. Murray, ND
The Green Revolution is not limited to grains, and improvements are continually being made in the pr...
More Answers
Give These Junk Food Faves a Healthy Makeover
Give These Junk Food Faves a Healthy Makeover

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.