Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What Happens To Chewing As We Age?

Chewing breaks down food so it is safe to swallow. It also release energy and nutrients.

Older people tend to have weaker, less efficient bites so they need to work harder and chew longer. This often means that:

1. They feel fuller on less food.

2. They are less likely to eat harder fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

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1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

I see this often. There was one 90yr old who ate everything and anything put in front of her. She had less than half her teeth. She was not overweight nor too thin. Riddle me that! My 103yr old aunt has dentures and eats well. I wonder if lack of desire comes into it with age...tired of the work involved. My mother in law ate little and had diarrhea after every meal. She died at 85 from a fall/broken hip---I will learn that lesson, thin may mean longer life but a fall will easily kill you, and much pain. I will always try to eat hardily, healthily, and happily.