Enjoying Your Food Increases The Nourishment Your Body Receives
Did last night’s dinner make you drool with anticipation?
Did lunch have you licking your chops?
According to research by teams from Thailand and Sweden, enjoying your food increases the nourishment your body receives from it.
Imagine a bowl of Thai vegetables and rice in coconut milk, seasoned with hot chili paste.
Sound scrumptious? Or too spicy for your palate?
The researchers served this dish to Thai women accustomed to such fare, then measured how much iron they absorbed.
Next, the researchers served the same meal to Swedish women accustomed to less spice.
Guess what happened? The Swedish women absorbed significantly less iron than their Thai counterparts.
Going further, the researchers served the Thai women the same ingredients, processed into an unappetizing, goopy puree.
This time, the Thai women absorbed 70% less iron than they had before.
How Can This Be?