Look around at eating establishments or even your own dinner table, and you’ll see people wolfing down their food. Most have pretty much brushed off the old chew-35-times-before-swallowing myth; however, it turns out it’s not a myth at all. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that extra chewing breaks down food so more nutrients are released during digestion. If you don’t chew enough, lots of your food can pass through you with nutrients intact. Thoroughly chew your food when you eat—counting out loud is probably not necessary.