Why should we eat with our fingers
Eating with fingers has been looked down upon,by some and considered not very sophisticated or suave. Especially at restaurants people even eat pizzas with a fork and knife!! However, eating with the fingers has multiple benefits - some quite obvious and some not very obvious.
1. The fingers, when touch the food, send signals to the brain and digestive system about the texture of the food – the hardness, softness, consistency etc. and thus the system prepares itself to digest the food accordingly. The required type of digestive juices and enzymes are released. When we eat with spoon or fork this messaging is lost – the body is not prepared for what is going to come in!
2. Our hands also act as a very effective temperature sensor. When we touch food it is easy for us to gauge how hot it actually is, and we are less likely to put food that is too hot into our mouth – effectively preventing us from scalding our tongue.
3. Promotes mindful eating. When we eat with our hands, we focus on the quantity of food and we are more aware of how much food we are putting in our mouths and thus we enjoy the food and the process of eating much more vs eating with cutlery. Mindless eating is a huge problem and one of the biggest cause of overweight, obesity, indigestion and eating disorders.
4. Per unit area we have more nerve endings on our palms and hands than any other part of the body....hence sensorily we evaluate food better when we eat with our hands.
5.Morsel size can be controlled better to promote greater satiety.
6.We are much more aware(I hope😳) about the hygiene and sanitation standards of our own hands than the cutlery we use!
7.Realizing this,two well known restaurants in Germany and another two in Netherlands now promote this healthy practice by simply eliminating cutlery... Traditionally even dals and sambars were eaten with fingers. Eating food with fingers makes it tastier and much more palatable. So forget pseudofashion, think of health and Wellness ! Eat with your fingers!
Written/ given by 🙏🙏Dr.Jyoti D.Vora