As it turns out, our cheese addiction may actually be real.
According to scientists, our favourite stinky treat can actually trigger the same opioids in our brains that highly addictive drugs do. No wonder we Jones for it!
In a study designed to figure out why we’re fixated on certain foods more than others, scientists found that cheese, like all dairy products, contains casein.
Casein is a substance that can trigger our brain’s opioid receptors, which is linked to addiction. It is especially present in processed, fatty foods like cheese and foods containing cheese.
The scientists tested their theory with a pair of experiments that got several hundred students to use the Yale Food Addiction Scale, which measured their dietary fixations. The results showed that fatty foods containing casein (like cheese or those delicious, delicious foods containing cheese) ranked highest in problematic eating patterns, whether the students were aware of an addiction or not.
So there you have it, we don’t just like the taste. Guess this explains why people actually like blue cheese!