What is Fletcherism? Will it Help you Lose Weight?
When I was at school – boarding school – we tried all sorts of different ways to eat. Probably because we were hungry and could drag out the eating. One of the games we played was fletcherism. Someone had heard about this way of eating was a really healthy way to eat!
So what exactly is fletcherism? According to Wallace Wattles, who wrote about it about 100 years ago, it “consists in tasting and chewing every mouthful of food until it is reduced to a liquid, so that it gets away from you by involuntary swallowing”. The reason for doing this is to assist in the digestion process. Instead of wolfing down your food you chew it 20 to 30 times or more until it becomes a liquid in your mouth and mixed well with saliva. The process of digestion begins in the mouth, with saliva mixing with and beginning to break down the food before it gets to the stomach.
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