Cheese as addictive as crack (and can help keep you thin) scientists find

It ain't easy, being cheesy...

Yep, scientists have finally confirmed what we all knew. Cheese might be as addictive as crack and morphine. But there's good news; it could also help you lose weight...

"Dairy crack"...

With the case against cheese is Dr Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr Barnard calls cheese "dairy crack" and has been writing a book about his findings that liken cheese to morphine, crack and other addictive substances. He told Thrillist:

"It turns out that 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 [into smaller strings]...

These shorter strings are called casomorphins “These protein fragments can attach to the opiate receptors in your brain. As the name implies, casomorphins are casein-derived morphine-like compounds.”

Yep. Cheese is addictive, in a way comparable to morphine. If you eat too much cheese, it's officially not your fault. You're an addict and you need help with your Dairylee problem.

Do you smoke cheese or inject?

The good news...

Just like crack (don't smoke crack, kids, it's not good for you) cheese has also been found to help you lose weight.

A study by the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has found that eating cheese may help individuals struggling to lose weight – and help people keep the pounds off once they are off.

The researchers discovered something they labelled “cheese metabolism”. By comparing urine and faecal samples from 15 men (YAY, SCIENCE) who consumed a diet featuring milk and cheese or butter but no other dairy products for two weeks they found that those who ate cheese (or milk) during the trial had much more butyrate in their gut - an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that can improve metabolisms.

However, before you start necking Babybels or chugging melted cheddar, the researchers warn that "The French Paradox" as they call it (whereby the French seem to consume more cheese and yet keep the weight off their figures) may be more down to a balanced diet, not the magical properties found in brie.


In more good news, scientists are close to creating a pill that could replace jogging (and all other forms of exercise...)

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