According to researchers, cheese is just as addictive as heroin. So, if you are a cheese lover, beware as you might actually be addicted to your favorite food. And while eating cheese in moderation is fine, getting to much of the dairy product can actually be bad for your health.
Here is the reason why cheese is so addictive, the side effects of eating too much cheese, and some tips for quitting cheese if you are addicted.
The Addictive Power of Cheese
According to researchers at the University of Michigan, cheese has some addictive properties. The most addictive part of cheese is the protein casein. Casein creates casomorphins in the body which then attach to the opiate sensors in your brain. This creates a calming effect that is much like that imparted by the drugs morphine and heroin.
Worst of all, cheese contains little to no liquid, which in turn makes it a concentrated form of casein. Another factor in its favor as an addictive substance is that cheese is actually good for you in the proper quantities. Unfortunately, over eating cheese can lead to some serious side effects.