Scientists Have Uncovered Why Cheese is So Addictive: It is Basically a Drug
by N/A, 9 years ago |
2 min read
This only validates what we all already assumed.
Recently, the U.S. National Library of Medicine published a study that analyzed why certain foods are more addictive than others.
They discovered a lot about the addictive properties of cheese - namely, the casein it contains, a powerful protein found in most all dairy products.
When consumed, casein "breaks apart during during digestion to release a whole host of opiates called casomorphins".
(That's pronounced "queso-morphins" which seems apt.)
Low and behold, these "casomorphins" are what's at the root of our passionate cheese love - at least on a physiological level.
Turns out casomorphins "...really play with the dopamine receptors and trigger that addictive element," registered dietitian Cameron Wells toldÂ Mic.
In layman terms? It's food's version of crack.
But this is nothing to be alarmed by - not that you are. After all, it is cheese. Glorious, creamy, scrumptious cheese.
But now at least you have an explanation for your addiction. Hell, even scientists refer to it as "dairy crack."
Just make sure you enjoy your dairy crack responsibly.