Why you should not stand while eating food

September 19, 2023
Why you should not stand while eating food

Most of us have had a fast lunch or snack while standing or on the go, but have you ever stop to think if standing while eating or sitting impacts your gastrointestinal system and general health?

According to Henry Ford, Mustafa Al-Shammari a gastroenterologist at Henry Ford Health said the following:

“There are only slight differences in the way you digest food when you eat while standing versus sitting. Your eating habits play a bigger role in regulating digestion and boosting overall health.” “So focus on eating slowly, choosing a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated and exercising regularly to support digestion and maintain a healthy weight.”

Read more to explore why you should not stand while eating food.

Causes bloating

According to Times foods  Faster digestion can be risky since it provides nutrients less time to be absorbed, which contributes to gas and bloating. Carbohydrates are known to ferment in the gut if they are not properly digested, which results in gas and bloating.

Affects digestion

Your eating position has a significant impact on how well you digest. Doctors claim that eating while standing causes the stomach to empty much more quickly and causes the food to go to the intestine before being broken down into extremely little particles. This puts more strain on the intestines and could affect digestion. It is generally accepted that gravitational force plays a role in the immediate passage of food from the stomach to the intestine.

Makes you more hungry 

Fortunately, there is some data that suggests eating while standing may make you feel more hungry.

Healthline claims that your body can tell if you’re hungry or full in a number of different ways. One of them detects the amount of food that is present in the stomach. Your stomach’s ability to expand after a meal might signal to your brain how much you have consumed.

The health publication further notes that the longer and further your stomach stretches after eating, the less likely it is that you will feel hungry. Because of this, foods that break down rapidly, like processed carbohydrates, tend to make you feel more hungry than those that take longer to break down, like fiber and protein.

Can cause you to overeat

When you eat while standing, the food never completely fills your stomach, so you never know when you are satisfied. As a result, people overeat. It is always advised to eat slowly and healthily while being mindful. Both calories and the sense of fullness are increased by it.

Your eating position has a significant impact on your digestive system. Eating while standing, according to doctors, causes the stomach to empty much more quickly and the food to go to the intestine before being broken down into extremely little particles. As a result, the intestines are put under more strain, which could affect digestion. The quick passage of food from the stomach to the intestine is thought to be partially caused by gravitational force.

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Written by Johana Mukandila for BONA.

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