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Speed kills: Eat too fast and you’ll miss the subtle tastes. / Bob Randall/Getty Images

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all get a little disappointed when we get down to that final bite of our favorite chocolate lava cake. Barb Stuckey, author of Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good, says there are ways to get the most from every bite you take.

Mind your chewing. “Slower, less goal-oriented eaters get more flavor from the same food than someone who ambitiously attacks it, chews intently and swallows quickly,” Stuckey says.

Quit smoking. Tobacco impairs your ability to smell, which in turn impairs your ability to taste. “One of the pleasures of a great meal is the warm glow that follows,” Stuckey says. “Why extinguish it early with the taste and smell of ignited tobacco?”

Table it. Teach children to eat only at the table. “They will begin to respect the meal as an occasion,” Stuckey says. “Eating standing up, in the car or while doing other things like watching TV encourages mindless eating, which can have negative health consequences.”

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