Chew are not Alone

August 24th, 2009

As we gear up for the CHEW-A-THON starting September 8th, I want to give us all some inspiration.  I'll be posting stuff on the physiology of chewing, the benefits, the technique… even giving a little instructional video.  But let's start right now with some history:

This guywas King of the Hardcore Chewers.  Named Horace Fletcher, he was known as
"The Great Masticator".  Ahem.   Born in 1849, Fletcher was one the early American food faddists and he believed that chewing was the absolute bomb.  By chewing, or "fletcherizing" your food (32 times a mouthful or about 100 times a minute) he claimed that one could get more energy from the food, while eating less of it.  It seemed to work for him; at 58 years old, Fletcher challenged student athletes at Yale to physical endurance tests and he outperformed them all. 

Horace counted among his fletcherizing friends Henry James, Mark Twain, Upton Sinclair and John D. Rockefeller.  Fletcherizing was actually quite popular for a while until its spotlight was stolen by the next big thing: calorie-counting. 

Practice Fletcherizing today.  It's your patriotic duty.  Go for 50 to 100 chews per mouthful.  Start with grains and vegetables; they're the easiest to chew.  Get your friends, macro and un-macro, to join the CHEW-A-THON starting September 8th. 

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