- Eating quickly may increase you risk of developing metabolic syndrome
- Eating quickly can lead to overeating and fluctuations in blood glucose
- You must eat slowly to promote overall health
For the study, a team of scientists from the Hiroshima University in Japan examined 642 men and 441 women with an average age of 51.2 years. None of them had metabolic syndrome at the start of the study back in 2008.
The participants were divided into three categories based on how they their usual eating speed: slow, normal or fast. A a period of five years, the team found that fast eaters were more likely (11.6 per cent) to have developed metabolic syndrome than those who ate at a normal speed. (6.5 per cent) and slow eaters (2.3 per cent).
Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of health issues or conditions that may lead to diabetes, obesity or heart disease. The team concluded that eating fast is linked to factors such as unhealthy weight gain, high blood pressure and unstable levels of blood glucose.
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