Everything old is new again

You didn't chew slowly!

You didn’t chew slowly!

“Experts”, 2014: chew your food 100 times. New “smart phone” counts your bites.

“The Great Masticator”, Horace Fletcher (1849-1919), “chew your food 100 times”.

Back in 1963, when I was a beatnik-in-training, I spent summers in Lowell, Vermont with Greenwich Village artists at their almost-abandoned old farm house, soaking up the atmosphere and culture.

Back then, they were into brown rice and other exotics, and advised my friend and me to chew our food 100 times in order to calm our chakras, or something. We were ten, and quickly grew too bored to practice that, so we said to hell with it, and went fishing.

If they’d let us try it on the peyote buttons they had shipped up by the crate from Mexico it might have been a different story, but alas, even beatniks had rules for children.

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  1. AJ

    Only if you want masseter muscles that would be the envy of any Neanderthal. I would recommend a handy, pocket-sized chewing device: the lazy man’s choice for leisurely, non strenuous dining; the way of the future in the here and now.

  2. sunbeam43

    Send one to Moochelle!

  3. you can say that again.

  4. Fred2

    So my question is why 100? Not 99, 51 or 29 times?
    Does it vary if it’s rice,arugula, fluffy the cat? ( hey the ad said: free to good home)

    • anon

      Women are instructed to brush their hair 100 strokes a night too. No science behind that either. Just an easier number to remember than 99 or 51or 29.