How many "chews" is it to turn solid food into liquid? Depends upon the solid food, how much saliva you have, the level of digestive enzymes in the saliva, and your own personal "chew power".
Go for the 'consistency', not for the 'count'.
The importance? I don't remember the exact count & types, but apparently we have 8-12 different digestive enzymes in the saliva...and the mouth creates up to (get this) a pint and a half (!) of saliva for each meal. I'm guessing our body is expecting us to use it :::grin:::
As you might already know, Dr. Christopher's IP included "mono juice fasting" (apple juice, carrot juice and grape juice) - each for a week at a time. But that's a LOT of Sugar (natural though it may be).
Dr. Christopher claimed that every patient he had that was hypoglycemic or diabetic had virtually no substantial fluctuation in blood Sugar if they would "chew their juices" before swallowing...because the digestive enzymes in the saliva would break down the sugars to a form that didn't cause the blood Sugar levels to be adversely affected.
Just IMAGINE how much stress we'd take off the digestive tract and liver/pancreas if we'd actually send the food down the chute in the form that the liver/pancreas and digestive tract were expecting.
I always have to laugh when folks say: "there's something wrong with my liver/pancreas/digestive tract; I know I need digestive enzymes (or whatever 'supplement du jour' is in vogue this month) because I see pieces of food in the toilet". Lol, well duh, there wouldn't be an "pieces" if you would have chewed them before you swallowed them. There's a reason the teeth are in our head (much like our brains). We're SUPPOSED to actually USE them for something.