Remember when mama use to tell us to “chew the food before swallowing?’ Well, it turns out she was right! Chewing our food at least 20-30 times before swallowing helps us digest what we are eating. The physical process of chewing (and creating saliva) helps to break down our food, allowing us to digest and absorb nutrients much easier. Our stomach doesn’t have teeth (obviously) and it relies on gastric juices to help us break down food. Let’s help our tummy out by chewing thoroughly the next time we eat!