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.
Serve your next cheese plate on a beautiful marble platter.
Do you think you could be slightly addicted to cheese?