Forks away! Why is it good to eat with your hands?

Eating with your hands has more health benefits than eating with a spoon.

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Is hand food useful?

We have a number of Indian traditions that have been forgotten or have evolved over the years. We can safely say that some of them have changed for the better, while others have not. One of these traditions is the basic practice of using the fingers instead of a fork. After all, eating with your hands is good. But many have now largely forgotten about it, using shiny cutlery.

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While most of us may have turned to spoons and forks, some still love to eat with their hands. Even in antiquity, this practice was adopted by most cultures, including the Indus Valley, Greeks and Egyptians. According to the Vedas, the hands are believed to be the most valuable instrument of action. And also that each finger is a continuation of the five elements. Thus, space passes through the thumb, air through the index finger, fire, the finger of the forearm means water and the little finger represents the earth.

According to Ayurveda, the nerve endings at the fingertips are believed to improve digestion. In fact, you become more aware of the texture, taste and aroma when you eat with your hands and fingers. Eating with your hands has more health benefits than eating with a spoon. This is a rather unexpected discovery, but it is true.

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Who invented food with your own hands: etiquette and traditions?

Etiquette, in fact, is central to most hand-to-mouth food traditions. The skill of the action, the naturalness and the ritual are just some of the things that people like about it. Hand washing often comes first. In Muslim communities, a prayer of thanksgiving follows. Only then can one reach — usually with the right hand — the food.
And eating with your hands is not always easy. Indeed, in some areas, including some parts of India, it is more polite to use your thumb, forefinger, and middle finger. And let only the first two joints of these fingers touch the food. And, most importantly, only the right hand.
Details vary from place to place. But rice or bread is often used to carry food to the mouth. Here we can remember the Indian roti and naan, the Ethiopian injeru or the Middle Eastern pie. And people in Central and South Africa grind vegetables with root or corn into a starchy puree such as fufu or ugali. Before eating, you should remove the ball to the size of a bite and use it as an edible spoon.

Why is it good to eat with your hands?

Here are some of the benefits that prove that eating with your hands is a healthy habit.

Eating with your hands helps improve blood circulation.

Eating with your hands is a great muscle exercise in itself. This, in turn, increases blood circulation. The extra movement of the arm can help keep blood flow smoother.

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Stimulates digestion

It is believed that there are bacteria or flora in our body that live in places such as the hands, mouth, throat, intestines and intestines. And they protect us from harmful bacteria in the environment. When we eat with our hands, the friendly flora protects our digestive system from harmful effects. And at the same time it additionally stimulates the digestive system. But this does not mean that you should forget the main rule! Always wash your hands before and after eating.

Helps in weight loss

According to a study published in the journal Appetite, when people ate with their hands while reading a newspaper or watching TV, they were less hungry during the snack and opted for a lighter snack. The researchers concluded that eating with your hands makes you feel fuller compared to eating with cutlery. This, in turn, can help you lose a few pounds.

Helps prevent type 2 diabetes

According to a study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to eat quickly using utensils. This compares to people without the disease. Eating with spoons and forks is associated with faster food intake, which is associated with an imbalance of blood sugar in the body. And this further contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes. So put down your devices. Instead, it is better to eat with your hands, which provides a conscious slowing down.

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Helps manage portions of food

When you eat with your hands, you eat more slowly than when you eat with cutlery, which is a mechanical process. You have to be careful what you eat when you eat with your hands. In turn, this lets you know how much you have eaten.
Careless diet is one of the main factors contributing to weight gain. Therefore, portion control plays a key role. In addition, the use of hands makes the cooking process more enjoyable and enjoyable.

So what were you waiting for? Throw away your cutlery and start eating your favorite foods the old golden way to be healthier!

Eating with your hands is useful, but is it decent?

Eat and give is the philosophy of many. But it would be cunning to say that slaughtering a poor triple burger does not cause internal pain. This, of course, is not a sin. But sometimes appliances definitely take away from the sensory experience of eating. And yes, that includes taste. So, without further ado, dishes that you can and should eat with your hands.

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National food

It is advisable to eat with your own hands any ethnic food that should be consumed in this way. Examples include Indian food, Eritrean food, tacos, rolls such as shwarma.


You can eat pizza with a fork and knife, as well as with your hands. Cut a slice of pizza, hold it by the crust and fold it in half so that the coating does not fall off. Then put it in your mouth and eat it in small pieces. But it is better not to eat on the side, it needs just as a “handle”.

Hamburgers and sandwiches

Do not hesitate to eat hamburgers and sandwiches with your hands, unless they are too large, covered with sauce or with many toppings. If the dish is too large, then you can first carefully cut it into pieces. And only then give freedom to the hands.

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As a general rule, you should eat all kinds of sushi with your hands, including rice. Nigiris and maki are less likely to spoil if you eat them with your hands instead of holding them with sticks. You should only use sashimi sticks, ie raw pieces of fish without rice.


You can pick the asparagus with your fingers if served without sauce. Otherwise, use regular cutlery. Grab the asparagus from its largest tip, not the tip.

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If the fruit is presented whole, you can eat it with your hands. Examples include berries such as strawberries and raspberries, grapes, apricots and apples. But you should use common cutlery for fruit salads, desserts and those served with cream, such as strawberries with whipped cream.


You can eat small pieces of hard, aged cheese with your hands. Do not use your hands to eat creamy or soft cheese unless you place it on bite-sized pieces of bread or crackers.

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