The ancient Greeks were keen on eating while laying down, over time we grew to prefer a seated position and now with people always on the go, it’s common for some to eat standing up. Does this have any benefits? Does it cause any problems?
🚶 Eating standing up speeds your digestion by up to 30%. While that may sound appealing, it can actually increase the likelihood of gas and bloating.
🚶 Faster digestion also means less time for nutrients to pass through your gut wall for absorption.
🚶 One positive of standing while eating is that stomach pressure is typically reduced, which can help relieve symptoms of acid reflux for chronic sufferers.
🚶 Some studies have shown that standing meals don’t make your brain feel like a true meal break was taken and may lead to overeating at the next meal.
🚶 Whether you sit or stand to eat, make sure you’re allowing time to be mindful of the very act of eating. Take your time, chew your food, and be conscious of what you’re doing. Most people eat faster if they’re standing, so keep this in mind.
🚶 As you can see, standing to eat has some minor pros and cons but nothing earth-shattering in either direction. If acid reflux causes you problems, maybe try it out. If you’re lactose intolerant or sensitive to FODMAPs, it’s probably best to stay seated.