Eat With Your Hands

Eat with your hands! They're attached to you, they're functional tools and from the minute we are born we use them for the simple transport of objects (and eventually, food) to our mouths.

Physiologically, touching your food starts a biological response from the gut to the mouth and prepares your insides for the incoming morsel.

As well as the physical benefits, using your hands to eat your food enables a closer connection with what you are eating and the setting in which you are eating it. Much like making a meal with your hands, eating with your hands gives you the chance to experience food with all of your senses. It's messy, yes - but it's also comforting.

Almost half of the population of the world live within countries whose traditional culture suggests using their hands to eat. In Southern Asia and much of Africa, eating with your hands is the norm because it was always the norm. There is a great many reasons for this that span religion, cuisine and folklore but they all point to a common theme: sharing.

"It's messy, yes - but it's also comforting."

In the company of friends, strangers or loved ones, using our hands to eat out food increases the connection between diners and their dinner and allows a deeper consideration of the relationship we share with our food.

Most street food vendors around the world have been serving food that's easy to consume with your hands for a very long time. It is now so ingrained within the culture of street food in the Western world that we wouldn't ever consider eating a hot dog with cutlery! Yet we panic at the thought of using our hands at the dinner table or in an environment where manners dictate our behaviour.

Take away those societal constraints and we give ourselves a chance to experience the food in front of us, instead of navigating our way around it.

So, why not try it? Prepare and eat a meal with friends, with your hands.