‘You are how you eat’

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ July 12, 2004

Cooking instructor and author Giuliano Hazan has penned and editorial for the New York Times on why Italians are slimmer than Americans even though they eat four times as much pasta. He says it’s not the carbs that make us overweight. It’s our relationship with food and our lifestyle. “How we eat is just as important–if not more so–than what we eat,” according to Hazan.

bq. In general, Italians take their time when they eat. Many businesses in Italy still close in the middle of the day for three hours to allow for a leisurely lunch. Family mealtimes are sacred. Cooking for one’s family becomes an act of love. Family meals allow for conversation and strengthen the family bond. The antithesis of the Italian eating style is fast food and “eating on the run,” where little attention is given to what is being consumed and the quicker one is done, the better. There is a physiological benefit of eating more slowly, too: your body senses that food has reached the stomach and shuts off the feeling of hunger before you overeat.

Hazan also notes that portion sizes in Italy are much smaller than they are in the U.S.

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