Hands are fascinating tools. We use them for just about everything. So what if I told you that they’re also great for eating?
Nowadays, eating with cutlery is deemed as modern and civilized, whilst eating with your hands is viewed as a South Asian thing, or being poor. But people who eat with their hands are probably the most healthiest people alive.
In this article I’ll be listing a few reasons why eating with your hands is beneficial. It’s time to ditch the forks, folks! Don’t knock it until you try it.
We have some normal bacteria on the palm of our hands and our fingers. When you eat with your hands, the flora from your fingers are swallowed and digested with the food.
When we touch food with our hands the body releases digestive enzymes and juices and the brain signals the stomach to get those juices churning!
Also eating with your hands has been proven to aid in weight loss.
Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
A study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, found a correlation between fast eating and the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Those who ate with a fork were most likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes later on in life. Eating with a fork makes the eating process much faster which has been linked to blood sugar imbalances in the body.
Have you ever sat in front of the TV, with a plate of food and ate it but can’t remember finishing it? To top it off, you’re even more hungrier than before?
Yup! It’s happened to me on so many occasions. I used to always wonder why I was never satisfied after a full blown meal. And then it occurred to me that when I shoveled food down my throat, with a fork, my body is not registering the process.
Using a fork is rather mechanical. As we have been created with hands, it makes sense to use them as a tool to satisfy our need of survival.
Once I started eating with my hands, I noticed that I paid a lot more attention to the food, smell and taste. I could no longer stomach a full meal and was completely satisfied with a little plate. When eating with our hands, the most important part of the brain is activated (the cortex), thus giving a 3D image of our food.
The brain and stomach connection is a big one so using your hands to eat, helps connect them both.
Engages all senses
Right now we’re in the era of ever advancing technology. So much so, that we have primarily no longer in touch with our senses.
The great thing about eating with your hands is that it engages all senses; all senses need to work in order to benefit. From the smell to the way it’s presented; they all play an important role in the digestive process.
Its a sunnah
The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wasallam) used to wash his hands before eating and ate with only three fingers. He (sallahu alayhi wasallam) would say Bismillah (In the Name of Allah) before eating and use his right hand only.
Your stomach is around the same size as your fist (just a little bigger). Imagine eating more than a fistful of food?You’ll feel bloated and too full (to the point of bursting) right?
Try picking up some rice with three fingers; there’s not much in your hands. That’s how much food you should be putting in your mouth at each intervals.