Eating without distractions: use your bare hands
Hemant Mathur, chef of the Indian restaurant Tulsi in New York awarded with a Michelin star, is putting all his effort in order to make his clients to eat with their bare hands, without any type of cutlery. Rudeness? Not at all. It has been proofed that food preferences are influenced by social rules and, at the end of the day, by a region’s main culture. In India is extremely polite to follow the ritual of eating with your hands, starting it by washing them and, sometimes, it is being followed by a a prayer. If, additionally, the food is grabbed by the right hand and only with the forefinger and the thumb, the diner is showing a very considerate sign.
Apparently, not only cultural reasons are influencing this habit. Eating is a multisensory experience. Therefore, when touching food directly with our fingers, we are actually paying more attention to them, we are analysing their temperature or the size of each bite. Ayurveda, the Indian traditional medicine system, considers that the body reacts to the finger contact with food, something that creates the required enzymes to assimilate it. Due to this special care and the need of requiring constantly clean hands, it is regarded as a more hygienic process than using cutlery.
Using hand when eating is also healthier, since the extra care avoids to get distracted with anything surrounding us. Thus, we eat the needed amount that satisfies our organism and nutrients are assimilated better. A study of the University of Bristol defends that people who are performing other activities while eating feel less full at the end of the meal and, therefore, they might eat more food than necessary.
Then, food rules in certain planet áreas might become a new gastronomic experience in other ones. Actually, when enjoying fine Joselito ham slices, we have the perfect advise for you: use your hands.