It is British tradition (despite the sometimes less than appealing weather) to celebrate the summer with a picnic – it is part and parcel of our culture to pack up our dining room tables into a hamper and redistribute them onto the floor for consumption outside.
Picnics are amongst the few occasions when it is deemed socially acceptable to eat with your hands – other contenders including pizza and canapés; but aside from the novelty and aesthetics of it all, eating outside is actually extremely beneficial for your health.
Given that it is something of a cornerstone to our existence it is common knowledge that fresh air is good for us, but when it comes to eating it has some very specific qualities – it stimulates the appetite, which is always a good start before lunch; and importantly helps your digestive system to function more effectively as oxygen helps cells to metabolise food and convert it into energy.
In essence, elevated oxygen levels aid your metabolism in breaking down the nutrients you consume, and can make the body more efficient at burning calories. So theoretically, eating in the fresh air will not only mean you get more energy from your food, but in turn it could help you lose weight.
Ultimately, having a picnic is simply a very nice thing to do, so with any luck whether you have been enjoying Ascot this week, are heading to Henley next week, or are venturing out for the pleasure of a picnic in the park, you will be having a wonderful time regardless, but it is always nice to know that something that pleasant is also doing your health a little bit of good as well!
Together with food hamper specialists Scottish Hampers we are giving you the chance to get your picnic started by winning one of their luxury gift hampers, the Islay Hamper – for details visit our Facebook page!
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