Does swallowing cause satiation?

  1. I was just thinking about food and realized the taste of food doesn't really mean much to us. Just putting food in our mouths, tasting it for however long we want, and then spitting it out, we don't get much pleasure out of that. The majority of the pleasure of eating tasty food comes from actually swallowing the food. Is there something in the back of our throats that triggers the pleasure sensation?
     
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  3. Evo

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    I imagine it's the satisfying feeling of your stomach feeling full and removing hunger. AFAIK, the throat has nothing to do with the pleasure from the taste and mouth sensations or the relief from hunger.
     
  4. lisab

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    I know what you mean. Maybe it's the anticipation of satiation? Food texture is very, very important, too.
     
  5. Monique

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    Tell that to a person who has lost the sense of taste/smell, they do not enjoy food anymore.

    I think taste and texture is the most important thing, maybe a reason why I eat so slowly. Others just shove food down in a swallow, what a waste..
     
  6. But with each bite of food, let's say a cake, if you just put some in your mouth, chewed it up while tasting it, and then spit it out after a little bit, it doesn't seem to have much effect. It's when you actually swallow it that it seems like endorphins are then released.
    Maybe it's the combination of tasting the food and then swallowing it that actually causes a release of endorphins.
    Not at all? You can test my taste hypothesis yourself by just putting a food you really like in your mouth, chewing it up and spitting it out after a bit. For me, I get almost no satisfaction out of that. It's only when the food is swallowed that I actually get that good feeling that it brings.
    Or maybe it's just me and I'm a weirdo.
    In Newton form?
     
  7. Evo

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    Leroy, I'm afraid you're going to have to post some legitimate study in an acceptable peer reviewed journal about swallowing. Swallowing, IMO has nothing to do with anything. It's taste and filling the stomach, AFAIK. But it's up to you to prove it's swallowing since you are claiming it.
     
  8. Monique

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    Spitting out good food is just plain wrong, you are doing something that your body is not expecting. Bad food should be spit out, good food should be swallowed. By spitting food out, your body could react as if the food was bad.

    It's like the psychological experiment where involuntary smiling (by holding a pencil in the mouth a certain way) causes people to be more positive. Action>reaction.
     
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