Have you ever watched someone eat in the car? With the burrito held in one hand sitting at a red light, they know that light's going to turn green at any moment, so they gobble it back as quickly as possible. This eating pattern couldn't be further from food appreciation.
Taking the time to taste food affects the ability to control consumption through sensory-specific satiety. This is a neural mechanism or reflex that connects taste appreciation to hunger drives. When a person tastes an item of food, takes his or her time with it, and leaves it on their palate, this reflex reduces the drive to consume that food.
In other words, consumption becomes self-limiting.
In contrast, filling the mouth with food doesn't help us taste it because taste buds are on the surface of the tongue. And so, if your mouth is filled with food, the majority goes untasted. This bypasses the neural mechanism, and you end up eating more.
So if you love your food, savor the flavor. When you do, the self-regulatory networks have an opportunity to help control consumption.