Why is it hard to swallow two Cheerios stuck together, without chewing them? But it’s not hard to swallow a bigger piece of something that I chewed first?

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Why is it hard to swallow two Cheerios stuck together, without chewing them? But it’s not hard to swallow a bigger piece of something that I chewed first?

In: Biology

I’m taking a stab at this.

Chewed food is softened, mixed with saliva. As a result, it’s malleable- able to easily assume a shape that your throat can handle easily ( without discomfort or complications)

Unchewed Cheerios lack that malleability- similar to large pills

Were the cheerios wet, or dry? Because if they were dry, they might have gotten stuck to the lining of your throat. That happens to me sometimes when I’m taking my morning pills, if my throat is dry enough. I try to remember to take a swig of water first to prevent it.