Are you one of the people who prefers to eat by hand rather than using a spoon and fork? In Indonesia there may be many people like this. This has become a hereditary habit from ancestors. So, it's not wrong if you prefer to eat by hand. In terms of health, eating by hand doesn't seem as bad as we think. In fact, it tends to have more benefits. Want to know what are the benefits? Check this out.
Some of the benefits of eating by hand
So far, maybe many people think eating with their hands is dirty, dirty, and can cause illness. But, not really. With notes , before eating you must wash your hands first with soap until clean. The following are the benefits of eating by hand:
1. Makes you more focused and satisfied when eating
Eating directly with your hands makes you more focused and satisfied when eating because you have to pay attention to your food. You have to see what food you take, your hands can feel it, and then you have to feed it directly into your mouth. This makes you apply what is called mindful eating or focus while eating.
Mindful eating has various benefits for you. Among other things, you can enjoy the food you eat more, you are more aware of what and how much you eat, you become full longer after eating, and prevent you from overeating. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology shows that people who eat with their hands tend to eat only when hungry and more able to feel the satiety signal.
2. Improve the digestive system
Before there were spoons and forks, our ancestors might eat by hand. Likewise, when we were kids, we were taught to eat by hand. Starting from taking food to putting it in the mouth. This is a natural process. There is even a theory that says that the digestive process has begun when you choose food with your hands.
When you eat with your hands, your fingers come into contact with food before you put it in your mouth. The nerve endings in your fingers can feel the temperature and texture of the food you are about to eat. This makes your brain get ready to 'welcome' the food you eat and trigger the release of enzymes and other chemicals in the body to digest food. So, this can help your digestive system work better.
3. Prevent your mouth from burning because of hot food
With you feeling the temperature of food when you eat with your hands, this can also prevent hot food from burning your mouth while eating. Your fingers can be a good temperature sensor. When eating by hand, it is easy for you to measure how hot the food you are about to eat. So, you will be able to feel whether hot food can be received by your mouth or not.
But, don't forget to wash your hands before eating
Before you eat by hand or with spoons, you must wash your hands first with soap. Washing your hands with soap can remove germs from your hands and prevent you from getting sick.
In your hand there are lots of germs that you get from holding something (which you may even forget anything), closing your nose when sneezing or coughing, and so on. Germs from the hands can get into the food you eat and make you sick, like diarrhea. Washing your hands before eating should especially be applied and accustomed since childhood.
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