Often, our daily routine does not give us the opportunity to eat as we would like - we end up eating on the go, we don't have time to make any kind of special or healthy dishes. Truth be told, eating healthy means not only consuming certain types of food but also how we consume it. First of all we shouldn't rush and we need to be mindful of the temperature of the food, say experts.
What type of food is better for consumption - hot or cold?
The answer is neither - the best choice is a moderate temperature. This means a moderately warm food that won't irritate the stomach and that the body will be able to absorb all the nutrients from. Hot and cold foods and drinks have a negative effect and put a strain on the entire digestive process. Last but not least, hot and cold foods are harmful to the teeth - they damage tooth enamel and can cause it to crack.
As a result of this, teeth become more susceptible to cavities and can be ruined over time. Unsuitable food or drink temperature can also cause harm to the gums. Experts even believe that consumption of hot or cold food all the time can cause gum damage and problems associated with it, such as periodontitis.
The worst possible combination is having hot food with an icy cold drink
One of the main downsides to the consumption of cold and hot foods is that they usually cause discomfort in the mouth cavity. This leads to a person trying to quickly swallow, or in other words, not chew their food the right amount of time.
This means that we don't release enough saliva and it is the beginning of the digestive process. It contains large amounts of enzymes that seep into the food and allow the digestive tract to more easily process the consumed food later.
When we swallow food quickly, this process is disrupted at the very beginning. Consuming food at a moderate temperature that is chewed slowly enough allows for the release of the necessary quantities of saliva.
Plus, we have the opportunity to actually enjoy what we're eating and savor all of the food's flavors and aromas. Finally, when we eat slowly we eat less food.
Eating cold food and cold drinks can block part of our tongue's taste receptors, explain experts. Because of this we tend to overeat when eating excessively cold foods. In our desire to taste them, we begin consuming larger amounts.