What you eat has a huge impact on your health. But now, science also tells us that what we use when eating can also influence our well-being. This is where the humble chopsticks enter the picture as a recent study suggests that the utensils can reduce chronic disease risk, including diabetes.
Chopsticks vs Other Utensils
The scientists who conducted the study at the National University of Singapore and the Clinical Nutrition Research Center in Singapore looked into individuals who used hands, spoons, and chopsticks when eating. According to the findings of the study, those who used chopsticks after a meal with a bowl of rice had lower glycemic response. What this means is that their blood sugar levels rose more controllably than people who ate with hands or spoons.
Using chopsticks when eating is also believed to lower the glycemic index of the rice, which means that type 2 diabetes risk is reduced, along with heart disease and obesity.
Longer Digestion is the Key
The director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center, Christiani Jeyakumar Henry, observed that people have different ways of eating, particularly in the utensils they choose. It made way to studying whether the method of feeding ourselves had an effect on the body.
After the study, the researchers concluded that chopsticks prompted people to take small bites and as this happens, this means they have to chew less. The food particles that remain large when eating with chopsticks take longer for the saliva enzymes to digest. As a result, the blood sugar does not increase as much as other methods of eating. If there is sudden spike in blood sugar, this can lead to chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
Should You Eat with Chopsticks From Now On?
Although the study did suggest that it is healthier to eat with chopsticks if you want to lower your glycemic index, it is not an absolute study. In fact, a professor of nutrition and metabolism, Jennie Brand-Miller, said that it is not just the chopsticks that help because slower eating also has to come with using the utensils. Additionally, she disclosed that the scientists who performed the study may not be fully aware whether the response for glucose can truly predict the risk of acquiring diabetes or not.
Nevertheless, if you often eat white rice, you could benefit from eating slowly and using chopsticks. Experts also hinted that instead of reducing your carbohydrate intake, you should actually take smaller bites to lower your disease risk.