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Addicted to Cheese?

February 26, 2015 2 min read

What is the foundation of most comfort foods? What is the most widely used flavour in the North American Diet? The answer is none other than CHEESE! I thought I would share what I’ve learned about the addictive properties of cheese that keeps us wanting more and more! Cheese on salads and vegetables, cheese on sandwiches, cheese on everything! It is easy to get carried away quickly. Cheese is always there for you when you have bad day and need a little comfort food. cheese-dutchleerdammer So why do we crave it? There is the obvious. Cheese, especially melted cheese, tastes GOOD! Gooey, stringy, deliciousness. But there is more to the story! The primary protein in milk is casein. When the human body digests casein, it produces casomorphins, which have about one-tenth the opiate strength of morphine. Scientist first discovered the addictive properties of cheese in 80’s when they found a substance in dairy products found in cows’ livers while pregnant and breastfeeding. Casomorphins are thought to strengthen the bond between mother and calf because they have a calming effect. Cheese is considerably denser than other dairy products like milk and therefore the casein is more heavily concentrated. This means that eating cheese produces a larger amount of casomorphins in the body compared to eating other dairy products. Too much cheese? All bound up? Like heroin or codeine, casomorphins slow intestinal movements and have a decided antidiarrheal effect. The opiate effect may be why adults often find that cheese can be constipating, just as opiate painkillers are. If you are prescribed something like Percocet, they will almost always instruct you to take something with it to keep you from being constipated! Share this post if you are like millions of North Americans… addicted to cheese!!

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