I was always told that you should chew each mouthful of food 30 times. This seems a bit excessive to me. When eating my meal last night, I did a quick self-survey and found that on average, I was chewing a mouthful about 10 times.
What is the reasoning behind thold 30-chews adage? Is it to do with with digestion, or just one of those things that parents say to make sure that you don’t rush your food?
You should chew your food until it is broken in to small enough pieces to swallow comfortably. It would probably look pretty weird if someone kept chewing 30 times for each mouthfull, an onlooker might get the impression that the chewer had bitten off more than they could… chew.
I’ll second Ray’s opinion - your parents were tired of watching you wolf down your food so that you could get back to your favourite TV program or video game, so they told you (as their parents probably told them) to chew every bite thoroughly before swallowing.
When you think about it, the “rule of 30” makes no sense as a universal maxim. A piece of gristly beef may need 40 or 50 chews to make it acceptable, while something like jello or mashed potatoes may need no chewing at all.
There’s a strange list of rules to live by handing over our printer at work. (Everything else hanging there is work-related.) It’s been there a few years, and nobody has removed it, probably for fear of offending whoever put it up. It states that you should chew each mouthful 50 times. It also has various references to vegetarianism. We have a lot of people here from India, is this some kind of Indian thing?