Most Indians believe that the real taste of food can be experienced only by eating it with hands. As per Ayurveda, every finger is an augmentation of each of the five elements. Thus, when a person gathers their fingertips to touch the food, they possibly kindles the five elements (earth, water, fire, space, air), making them more aware of texture, smells and taste of the food that they are about to consume..
1. Improves Digestion.
The minute we touch our food with our fingers, the nerve endings present in the fingertips signal the brain that we are about to eat. The message is further transmitted to the stomach which starts preparing for digestion by releasing enzymes and digestive juices necessary for proper digestion. Also, the nerve endings of the fingers help in ascertaining the texture and temperature of the food that we are about to partake, thereby readying the brain to release appropriate digestive juices even before the food has touched our lips.
2. Promotes Mindful Eating.
When you join your fingers to eat, it may augment mindfulness for the taste and aroma of the food, thus making the entire event more pleasant. You are more connected or in sync with your food as compared to when eating with a fork or spoon. Plus, a more conscious and calm state of mind may support optimal digestion and better assimilation of nutrients.
3. Engages All Senses.
When a person uses cutlery to eat food, he may be limiting his experience to the food textures felt in the mouth only. On the other hand, eating with hands adds a concrete dimension to your mealtime by engaging all your senses.
4. Provides Healthy Bacteria.
Many healthy bacteria inhabit the skin of the hands. This healthy flora can safeguard the body from the onslaught of other destructive bacteria that invade from the outside environment. Eating with hands can thus aid in boosting our digestive system’s natural immunity to ecological bacterial germs. However, be sure to wash your hands properly before eating and also to trim your nails.
5. Prevents Burning Of Tongue.
Your hands can work as temperature sensors as well. When an individual eats with a fork, he may not realise how hot the food is for it goes straight from the platter into his mouth. In contrast, when you touch the food while eating it with your hands, the nerve endings of your fingertips convey a temperature reading to the brain, thus stopping you from burning your tongue.
6. Increases Blood Circulation.
Eating with hands is healthy as it can prove to be a wonderful muscle exercise that may in turn help in increasing blood circulation. The hand’s movements may assist in promoting better flow of blood, thus positively affecting the overall well-being of the body.
7. Discourages Overeating.
Eating with hands may allow you to have your food slowly and deliberately which can help you feel full even with less food thus preventing binge eating and likely weight gain. It also encourages a sense of satiety or satisfaction which is lacking while using cutlery to have your food.
8. Reduces The Risk Of Type-2 Diabetes.
Research shows that type-2 diabetic patients are probably hasty eaters. This is because they use cutlery to eat when compared to individuals who don’t have the condition. Eating fast has been connected to blood sugar disparities in the body, thus being a factor in the occurrence of type-2 diabetes.