I was wondering about the importance of chewing your food (no, seriously).
Since our saliva contains enzymes that break down starches, it seems to make sense to chew bread and cereal toroughly…Now, while saliva has no enzymes to break down protein or fat, by chewing, aren’t a lot of chemical bonds broken? And shouldn’t this help in digestion? Since we have a limited amount of enzymes etc (no ranting about 30g of protein/meal, but then again, eat a cow at a meal and you’ll most certainly NOT digest all of it, right?), wouldn’t this breaking down (phisically) help and allow enzymes to do their work? Limited…say they can break a certain number of bonds etc. Now if by chewing you break some, then you should be digesting more (since more bonds were broken).
I’d like your input here.