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What's In a Kiss? More Than You Realize…


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  • Kissing as an indication of attachment may have begun with “kiss-feeding” – exchanging pre-masticated food from one mouth to another.
  • Emotional attachment may first be tied to a baby’s early facial recognition of mother during breastfeeding, not only as the food source but for the source of safety and well being.
  • Baby-led weaning (BLW) affects the child’s risk of obesity, jaw development, hand-eye coordination and possibly future relationship attachments.
  • Early clinical tests on baby monkeys, ducklings and puppies were not only controversial, but provided insight into uncertainty regarding how humans form attachments.
  • Kissing can also signify feelings of respect and trust, as well as sexual attraction leading to possible reproductive behavior.

By Dr. Mercola

In the average lifetime, most people spend 20,160 minutes kissing. A passionate kiss can burn up to five calories per minute. The longest kiss, recorded in Thailand in February 2013 by Guinness World records, lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. But these philamatology factoids don’t really explain why people kiss.

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