I am a fast eater, I always have been and despite my best efforts I cannot slow it down. I have tried everything, I place my fork on my plate in between chews and try to focus on eating slowly. It just does not happen. I love food, even on my diet I have learned the importance of balance. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables something I hadn’t done before.
The reason I bring this up is that a preliminary study done in Lithuania is trying to prove that fast eating may cause type 2 diabetes. Even the article admits that it is too early to speak of definitive proof, but I suppose it is a possibility. I became diabetic at 13 and I do not remember if I was a speedy eater. I do remember my cousin and me polishing off a whole large pizza on our own. Take that Adam Richman.
Texture is important not just in taste but in the speed of my eating. If a food is rather tender and does not require much chewing I practically inhale it. On the other hand if a food requires work to digest it takes a bit longer to finish. Looking at the numbers much more studies should be completed before this becomes a case in point.
If I am eating around other people I try to make a conscious effort to not eat quickly. In my younger days my friends would laugh because my plate would be clean and I would sit there waiting on everyone to finish. Practice makes perfect, and I need to try harder. Going to my first vegan restaurant tonight maybe I will begin there.