And this brings us to what could be the problem with eating fast – it’s not indigestion, but the disruption of the usual mechanism that makes you feel full. But even here the evidence is inconsistent. Some studies found that eating fast leaves you feeling hungrier, causing you to eat more. Other studies have shown the opposite.
So next time you don’t have time to sit down for lunch, then don’t feel too bad if you think you are wolfing down your meal too fast. As long as it doesn’t make you feel ill at the time, there doesn’t seem to be any harm in it.
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