Could Your Obsession With Cheese Actually Be an Addiction?

I’ve always been mildly obsessed with cheese. It’s one of my favorite ingredients, and at this very moment, there are eight different types of cheese (including a homemade spread) in my fridge. So naturally, when I came across a headline stating that cheese has morphine-like qualities and may actually be addictive, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. According to Thrillist, “Cheese really is kinda sorta like dairy crack, since your brain reads a component of cheese as an addictive substance. The culprit is casein, a protein in dairy that gets super concentrated during the cheesemaking process. When you eat a hunk of Roquefort or a slice of brie, your body has to break down the casein contained therein.”

Casein isn’t the only thing about cheese that a body craves. Our brains also desire high levels of fat and salt. All of these things combine to make cheese a somewhat addictive food. Throw in the fact that the USDA recommends not having more than an ounce and a half of cheese per day and it becomes even more problematic—“the dose makes the poison.” An ounce and a half is an incredibly small amount of cheese, so you may be overdosing on cheese and not even knowing it. Moral of the story: If you love cheese, try to refrain from eating that entire wedge of Manchego all by yourself.

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Do you think you could be slightly addicted to cheese?