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SCIENCE BEHIND CHOP STICKS

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                                                   SCIENCE BEHIND CHOP STICKS

In China ,the first thing that I felt very difficult to do is ,eating with chop sticks.Especially,in the restaurants ,when I am very hungry  and  do not get proper spoons to eat but variety of chop sticks .Sometimes , I even tried to hold one chop stick in each hand . Most of my efforts failed in the beginning . Later , I bacame expert in eating with chop sticks . Still , I could not stop wondering ,why these people have to use sticks to eat as I come from a culture where we eat with clean hands and even enjoy the smell of food after eating .One day, I got to know the reason , it is one of the reasons that makes Chinese people to stay fit.But how........? thats your question...right?.Our brain is the chief controller of all our activities except  a few reflexes.The feelings such as hunger,thirst arises from our brain(to be exact lateral hypothalamus for hunger) .When our brain gives the signal ,that we are hungry as we need some energy for our routiine life.When we eat with spoons or with hands ,we are tend to eat more in a short time before our brain recognises we had enough food.But, if you eat with chop sticks ,we are picking less food and have to eat for longer time than spoons.So,there is adequate time ,for the carbohydrate to digest and produce glucose which acts as a signal to brain.So, brain gives the feedback signal ,satisfaction or sense of fullness.Overall,by avoiding binge eating we can avoid gaining more wait.After analysing this reason ,I started to eat with chop sticks ,even I took them when went back home for holidays(to my country). Sometimes ,it looks funny ,when  I try to eat my home food with chopsticks such as dosa ,roti .There are some chinese  there are eating more faster with chopsticks,still it is okay as they pick less with chops sticks.Thanks to Chinese for having such good practices .
                                                                                   
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Reply Report voice_cd 2014-3-20 17:30
Good work, we have highlighted it onto the homepage of the blog.
Reply Report aussie65 2014-3-20 18:56
I've lost weight since I've been in China but I didn't put the weight loss down to the chopsticks, I think you're right though.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-20 19:29
Diet with chopsticks in China!  I can see that if someone is not proficient with chopsticks, one could lose weight...because not much food would make it into the mouth!  However, yes I believe you are absolutely right, that anything that slows down the pace of eating, helps digestion and gives time for signals to reach brain that you are getting full. It applies in the West too: In Italy I always lost weight - You order the Primo (first course - perhaps even an Anti-pasto - starter) and there is no rush. The waiter comes back later to see if you want a Secondo - a main course. Often people by then feel that they do not: the brain has sensed they are full! A big problem wiith fast food is you have to decide at the start how hungry you are, order it in a line, pay and then eat it all quickly before it gets cold. Bad habit!
Reply Report ″纯之风 2014-3-20 21:01
hahahaha...I have to say that you are so great to find out the advantage of using chopsticks which I have never known before.Congratulations on conquering chopsticks and I hope you will enjoy the Chinese tradions.
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-20 23:15
″纯之风: hahahaha...I have to say that you are so great to find out the advantage of using chopsticks which I have never known before.Congratulations on conque ...
xie......xie.....
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-20 23:19
aussie65: I've lost weight since I've been in China but I didn't put the weight loss down to the chopsticks, I think you're right though.
It is true.......
Reply Report ruoshui1969 2014-3-21 03:55
As a Chiness,I have not ever known that using chopsticks has such a fantasitc adveatages.Good job!
Reply Report Shaykahorere 2014-3-21 04:11
I have gained weight since I came to China, but that is because I don't eat with chopsticks, the African in me won't allow it.
Reply Report liunianmocuo 2014-3-21 06:06
Maybe it is difficult for you to use such a thin chopstick, but it is so insteresting
Reply Report objchina 2014-3-21 06:06
As for me, whenever I want to eat with Chinese friends , I usually ask for spoon,knife and fork because it's faster and can compete with the eating speed of my Chinese friends.  If it's African food, I watch my hands thoroughly and eat it in my own way.
Reply Report Maierwei 2014-3-21 06:18
I like your post, but I don't agree with your main idea (of keeping "fit"). You can still binge eat with chopsticks.
And if you've seen how *most* Chinese people eat rice.... They don't eat it with chopsticks, they hold the bowl to their mouths and use the chopsticks to push rice to their mouths instead (graceful, yes)....
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-21 08:20
ruoshui1969: As a Chiness,I have not ever known that using chopsticks has such a fantasitc adveatages.Good job!
thank you
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-21 08:21
Shaykahorere: I have gained weight since I came to China, but that is because I don't eat with chopsticks, the African in me won't allow it.
you should try.........
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-21 08:23
Maierwei: I like your post, but I don't agree with your main idea (of keeping "fit"). You can still binge eat with chopsticks.
And if you've seen how  ...
still it takes more time than eating with spoons.....the concept is we have to eat slowly...
Reply Report SEARU 2014-3-21 12:58
I  will   test   your  fresh   idea  on  chopsticks   in   three   hours   at   my   breakfast    since   it  is   mid-night  ,  the  meal  would   be   enjoyable   due   to   this   good   note .  Say   thanks   to   the  author ,  would  you  like  become  my  friend  and  share   the   meal   with  me?   I   am  looking   forward  to  hearing   your  "yes" .
Reply Report nnish 2014-3-24 18:07
Eating alone is fine. But i don't like to attend big group dinners . Most of them poke their chops sticks straight into the food which is on a revolving table and eat straight from the plate . I keep thinking if one guy has a bad cold he is going to spread it to others  
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-24 21:10
nnish: Eating alone is fine. But i don't like to attend big group dinners . Most of them poke their chops sticks straight into the food which is on a revolvi ...
they should follow table manners.....may be can use seperate chop sticks or spoons to pick the food from the common plates......
Reply Report vimsy 2014-3-24 21:14
SEARU: I  will   test   your  fresh   idea  on  chopsticks   in   three   hours   at   my   breakfast    since   it  is   mid-night  ,  the  meal  would   be ...
Gud luck ..... hoping this concept work for you.....and I am little busy with my studies.So,I could not meet you for a meal..sorry SEARU.........

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